• Sriracha Sauce, Pretzel Crust, “Skinny” Slices, and More: Your First Look At Pizza Hut’s Major Rebrand

    Pizza Hut has been a favorite during parties at RSVLTS HQ for a long time, just check out our buddy Matt in the photo above crushing some Pizza Hut at our office warming party back in April. But even though we’ve been ordering our fair share of delivery, Pizza Hut has been struggling for two years as consumers are becoming more interested in exotic flavors and personalized options. One look at Tony Boloney’s menu will show you where the market is headed. To combat slumping sales the world’s largest pizza chain on Monday announced a drastic plan to turn upside down almost every facet of its identity with all new branding, the doubling of its available ingredients, including sriracha, curry and buffalo, a 250 calorie “Skinny Pizza” and the largest ad campaign in it’s history, as reported by USA Today.

  • RSVLTS Take Off: Nashville

    The majority of your time spent in Nashville should always be the music, it’s wide variety of country music, music heritage and history is enough to build a trip out of in itself, but the Music City also has a great food and beverage scene as well. With a handful of new industrial-chic restaurants opening up on a monthly basis and plenty of honky-tonk bars to hop around, you’ll have your hands full trying to make a checklist to stop in for a drink at each one. In this edition of RSVLTS Take Off, we’ll be showing you an abridged version of Nashville that will make you want to pack your boots and hit the road. Honky-tonks on Lower Broadway. The district is famous for the numerous country music entertainment establishments. Photo via: Sean Pavone / Shutterstock.com Downtown Nashville Downtown Nashville cityscape in the evening Photo via: Shutterstock/f11photo Honkey Tonk Central Bar Photo via: Shutterstock/f11photo ___ Eats Pinewood Social Pinewood Social is a space that is based on the idea of creating a social gathering place that can accommodate your needs morning, noon and night. Offering up a bar, bowling alley, dining area, “living room” and even an outdoor space, more »

  • Dennis Rodman’s Basketball Diplomacy Proves Effective After All

    Like most of the world, we questioned just what the hell Dennis Rodman was thinking when he traveled to North Korea with other retired NBA players for a basketball game. Had he finally lost what little sanity he still had? Was it all a publicity stunt for his Bad Ass Premium Vodka? Wrong! At least according to Dennis Rodman. With news that North Korea was freeing American prisoner Kenneth Bae, Rodman, ever the modest fellow, went to TMZ with proof that it was all his doing. Apparently, while the rest of the world looked at “the worm” with disgust for his support of a nation rife with human rights abuses, he was actually orchestrating Bae’s freedom via a kind thank you card to despot Kim Jong Un. In the letter, Rodman thanks the North Korean dictator for the hospitality shown to him and his fellow NBA stars and commends the leader on all the great things he’s doing for his country, such as building a water park. Then in the powerful final paragraph, he urges Kim Jong Un to free Bae to show the US how “loving and compassionate” he can be. Rodman admits he never received a reply from more »

  • Get Soccer-Player Legs In 30 Minutes

    Sure, players like Ronaldo, Messi, and Beckham were blessed with preternatural ball-handling skills, but their ridiculously well-built thighs are the result of hard training. A recent study in the International Journal of Sports Medicine found that a mix of high-intensity endurance and strength training made elite players faster and more powerful. Complete this circuit, from the study’s coauthor Jan Helgerud, a professor of medicine at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, two to three times a week and you’ll have the abs and legs of a baller in no time.

  • New Study Proves the Best Dance Moves for Men to Attract Women

    There’s finally science driven proof explaining how your dance floor can make you more or less attractive to women. Evolutionary biologists from the University of Gottingen and Northumbria University that women find a specific set of movies men make while dancing more attractive than other. Movements of movements of the head, neck and torso and quick leg movements rate more highly than others. Looks like the shopping cart just isn’t going to cut it anymore. In a recent published story in Biology Letters, researchers noted, “dancing ability, particularly that of men, may serve as a signal of mate quality … in terms of health, vigor or strength, though this remains to be confirmed.” Because of inconsistencies that would hinder the viewers perception, such as attractiveness and clothing, researchers instead recruited 30 men to dance to a drum beat for 30 seconds and recorded their movements via a motion-tracking system. They then rendered a gender neutral figure and mimicked the moves of the 30 men. Then 37 heterosexual women ages 18-35 were asked to rate each of the 30 dance routines on a seven-point scale, then the highest ranked dance moved floated to the top. And so, the results are in more »

  • Check Out The View From The New Tower Bridge Walkway [12 Photos]

    Visitors to London’s Tower Bridge Experience can now get a spectacular view of the river 138 below from a new glass walkway. The Comprised of six glass weighing over 1100 pounds each, the new addition cost £1 million and is the first major upgrade since the Tower Bridge Experience opened in 1982. And don’t worry, ladies, Tower Bridge staff have assured the public that the glass is thick and the walkway is at an angle offset to the pavement below so as to not pose a threat to those wearing skirts. Or kilts, for the fellas. The west walkway is now open to the public with the east walkway set to open December 1.

  • Huge Changes Coming To Pizza Hut Starting Nov 19th. Here Is What We Know…

    Pizza Hut has been a favorite during parties at RSVLTS HQ for a long time, just check out our buddy Matt in the photo above crushing some Pizza Hut at our office warming party back in April. But even though we’ve been ordering our fair share of delivery, Pizza Hut has been struggling for two years as consumers are becoming more interested in exotic flavors and personalized options. One look at Tony Boloney’s menu will show you where the market is headed. To combat slumping sales the world’s largest pizza chain on Monday announced a drastic plan to turn upside down almost every facet of its identity with all new branding, the doubling of its available ingredients, including sriracha, curry and buffalo, a 250 calorie “Skinny Pizza” and the largest ad campaign in it’s history, as reported by USA Today.

  • Spectacular, Once-In-A-Lifetime Volcanic Lightning Caught On Camera [6 Photos]

    Photographer Martin Rietze went on an epic adventure to Japan and caught a spectacular, once in a lifetime series of pictures of the Sakurajima Vulcano, as it spewed a hellish mix of smoke, fire, lava bombs and electrifying lightning. Rietze’s balls of steel landed one of the top honors in photography, the top photo on NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day. 

  • Katz’s Deli Creates A Roast Beast Sandwich; Whoville Rejoices

    The New York City indigestion inducers at Katz’s Delicatessen, known for creating sandwiches that would even sate Monty Python’s Mr. Creosote, have unleashed a special sandwich for this holiday season—the Roast Beast. The giant sandwich, made up of roast beef, turkey, salami, coleslaw, and Russian dressing, is actually a promotion for “How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical,” which opens at Madison Square Garden December 5. The sandwich will set you back $22, which is about average for Katz’s, and will only be available from November 17 to December 28. Maybe Christmas doesn’t come from a deli. But I still wouldn’t mind some Roast Beast in my belly. Source: Grub Street

  • 50 Facts Every Traveler Needs to Know

    Only by traveling the globe will you learn the cultural nuances that can either make or break your experience when traveling. UK based travel site, Travel Bag has created an infographic that is going to put your travel knowledge to the test. Think you’re a world class traveler? See how many of these 50 travel tips you know.

  • This Jumbo Jet Has Been Transformed Into A Hostel

    Located at Arlanda Airport near Stockholm, Sweden, the Jumbo Stay is a decommissioned 747-200 jetliner that was transformed into a hostel in 2008. The hostel features many dormitory rooms with bunk beds accommodating 2 to 4 guests in addition to one single suite and a double suite in the cockpit. Gawkers are also welcome to stop by and take a look inside and everyone can enjoy a meal or just a cup of coffee in the cafe. For info on booking, check out the Jumbo Stay.

  • The World’s Greatest Stretch [Infographic]

    A few months back we visited EXOS training center located just outside Phoenix, Arizona to go through one of their famous NFL combine routines. EXOS, known to be the leader in integrated performance training for elite and professional athletes, has trained Super Bowl champions, MVPs, All-Pros, Rookies of the Year, and 7 #1 NFL Draft picks in the last decade. One look at their Facebook page will show you just how absurd their client roster really is. One thing that still sticks out all these months later was a 3 to 5 minute warm-up routine they called “The World’s Greatest Stretch“. Consisting of just seven moves this yoga inspired stretch hit all the major muscle groups and was completely legit for anyone looking to knock off the rust in the morning or warm up for a intramural game. We built this handy infographic to show you the steps.

  • Budweiser’s Classic Bottles Look Great In The RSVLTS Beer Fridge

    Ahh the vintage beer craze. Just when you thought it was going to peak with Miller Lite’s 1970s-era cans Budweiser decided to jump on board with their limited edition #HolidayBuds campaign. We were lucky enough to receive a classic inspired wooden crate, which were released across America this week, and we must tip our hat to the King of Beers, because they actually did a great job not only with the crates, which were handmade by a North Carolina shop called Vintage Editions, but also with the bottle labels which are exact replicas from Budweiser’s past, 1918 (beginning of Prohibition), 1933 (end of Prohibition) or 1976 (the brand’s 100th anniversary).

  • The World’s Best Whisky Is From Japan?

    Since 2003, English writer and journalist Jim Murray has shared his take on the world’s greatest whisky in his annual book on the subject Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible. And each year whisky aficionados could count on a Scottish distillery to at least appear in the top five, if not in the number one slot. But this year, for the first time ever, there is no Scotch whisky in the top five. In fact, the number one spot didn’t go to an Irish or American whiskey, either. After sampling 4,700 whiskies, Murray gave top honors to Japan’s Yamazaki Single Malt Sherry Cask 2013. The Yamazaki received a 97.5 out of 100 for its “nose of exquisite boldness”—a sharp contrast to the boring Scottish whiskies which Murray feels have grown complacent and offer very little innovation. If you’re looking for a bottle of the Yamazaki, good luck. Only 18,000 were produced and it will cost you around $200. Or you can check out Murray’s other recommendations when the Whisky Bible 2015 comes out November 11. Pre-order your copy today from Amazon. I don’t know about you, but I think Old Crow has a real good chance this year…

  • Science Finally Solves Why All Hipsters Look the Same

    Finally. There’s scientific proof of why all hipsters, who claim they’re individual snowflakes, end up looking exactly the same. This mathematical neuroscientist just solved the everlong question with physics and statistics. By seeking out individualism and against the grain conformation all “hipsters” end up looking exactly the same, because of the constantly changing trends set by their same principles. In his new paper “The Hipster Effect: When Anticonformists All Look the Same,” Jonathan Touboul, a mathematical neuroscientist at the Collège de France in Paris, uses complex equations and formulas to land on a theory that makes complete sense in laymans terms. “If you take large sets of interacting individuals—whether hipsters, stock traders or any group that decides to go against the majority—by trying to be different, they will ultimately all do the same thing at the same time,” says Touboul. “The reason for that is the time it takes for an individual to register the decisions of others. You cannot be aware of what other people decide in real time, it takes a little while.” Essentially hipsters have no choice, but to ultimately conform to their nonconformity because their trends keep moving at impossible speeds. The whole point of being more »

  • Bacardi Triangle: A Weekend Jaunt to Puerto Rico for Pool Parties, Halloween Cocktails and Calvin Harris [Photos + GIFS]

    You can expect three things from Bacardi in 2015. Music, travel and parties. This past weekend we got to experience a taste of what is to come in the next year and as you’ll see from our photos and GIFS, it’s glorious! The world’s most popular rum producer has found that simply slapping their name on title sponsorship of a pre-existing event is not an effective marketing tactic anymore as their fans, who just so happen to “align perfectly with RSVLTS,” according to Bacardi brand reps, are seeking more of an immersive, memorable and epic experiences. We agree. With that knowledge Bacardi has decided to take the lead by producing their very own travel adventures that blend music with exotic party atmospheres to give their fans the opportunity to have a few cocktails in paradise and snap absurdly amazing photos to share with friends who are anxiously following along at home. — Help a bro out, share this story with your friends: Tweet — The first event in this new initiative, which will be expanded upon even further in 2015, was Bacardi Triangle, a three day, super exclusive music festival and travel adventure for 1,862 lucky Bacardi fans, celebrities and lucky friends more »

  • 50 Things to Do with Sriracha

    The cult following of Sriracha is at an all time high. You guys love it. Every story we do on the wonder condiment blows up. Time to keep the good times rolling. The bottle has a few suggestions for what to do with the sauce nut there are so many more uses. The following list of ideas compiled by Chow.com will help you use more of the “crack” condiment in your cooking.

  • How To Cross Anything Off Your Travel Bucket List (From The Guys Who Know)

    Eight years ago, when we were in our early twenties, three friends and I made a list of a ‘100 Things to do Before You Die‘ and decided to help people we met cross items of their own bucket list. We borrowed an RV, bought a camera on eBay, made matching t-shirts and hit the road for a two week road trip. Since then we’ve crossed off list items like make a TV show (#53), write a NY times best selling book (#19), played ball with Obama (#93) and asked millions of people the question ‘What do you want to do before you die?’. Over the years we’ve found that the # 1 item on people’s bucket list is to travel. We’ve heard countless stories of how people wish to have grand adventures to see the rough and elegant wonders of the world. This year we wanted to make that happen for two deserving people and give them a trip of a lifetime, travelling the world crossing off the most epic bucket list items of all time.

  • This Is What NYC’s Village Halloween Parade Looked Like In 1980

    Each year around 2 million spectators, plus over 60,000 costumed participants flood New York City’s West Village area for a parade that stretches for more than a mile, up Manhattan’s Sixth Avenue. The parade dates back to 1974, when Greenwich Village puppeteer and mask maker Ralph Lee asked his children and friends to wear the 100+ costumes he had accumulated through his work. The parade was so popular it was held the following year. In an age before pop-up Halloween super stores like Ricky’s started selling cookie cutter costumes for the masses people used to have to take a more DIY approach to their costumes and a perfect example of this are the following photos from Halloween 1980.

  • Add Some Kick to Your Halloween with these Moonshine Recipes

    This Halloween add a serious kick of moonshine to any party with some of these recipes. Moonshine has become all the rage this fall and American Born has created a few delicious ideas for recipes that will get you drunk enough to not care about being the back of the tandem horse costume.   BAD MOON RISING 2 OZ American Born Moonshine Original 1 OZ Malibu Rum 1 OZ Makers Mark ½ OZ Lime Juice Grenadine   RATCHET ROSE 2 OZ American Born Moonshine Apple Pie 1 OZ Lemon Juice ¼ OZ Grenadine Directions: Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well, then strain into a glass filled with ice.   HARVEST MOON 2 OZ American Born Moonshine Apple Pie 4 OZ Apple Juice Directions: Pour ingredients into a mug and microwave for 30-45 seconds. Sprinkle with cinnamon and serve.   THE MONSTERS AND CRITICS JULEP 2 OZ American Born Moonshine Original 20 Mint Leaves 1 TSP Sugar Directions: Combine sugar with mint leaves in a shaker and muddle. Add moonshine and ice and shake until the shaker is frosted. Strain and pour into a small old-fashioned glass. Garnish with mint sprig.   MOONSHINE SANGRIA 1 Bottle more »

  • One World Trade Center Opens For Business And The View Is Amazing

    One World Trade Center’s first tenant will move in on Monday when Conde Nast moves into floors 20 through 44 of the 1,776-foot skyscraper. It has been over 8 years since construction began on the world’s tallest office building, and we can’t wait to see the view from the top for ourselves. Unfortunately, the 120,000 square foot observation deck on the 102nd floor won’t open until spring 2015. However, photographer James Keivom was able to capture these photos from the unfinished deck. For more photos and info about One World Trade Center, check out the full article at the Daily News.

  • This Cocktail Menu Is Also A Pop-Up Book

    When London’s Savoy Hotel opened in 1889, it was one of the classiest hotels in the world, offering unheard of luxuries such as electric lights and hot water. 125 years later, the Savoy is still one of the world’s premier hotels with an equally impressive Art Deco bar, the Beaufort Bar. Recently the Beaufort Bar unveiled a new cocktail menu, but when you’re serving $40 drinks, an 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of paper with comic sans and fun clip-art just doesn’t cut it. So the bar turned to paper engineer Helen Friel and illustrator Joe Wilson to create up a pop-up book with each signature cocktail receiving it’s own page. Only 1,000 copies of the pop-up menu were printed and you can get one for $80. Considering the price of the drinks, that’s not too bad. And if you can’t make it to London, you can see what you’re missing with this digital 2D menu. Source: Grub Street

  • Artists Transform NYC Water Towers To Promote Water Scarcity Awareness

    In an effort to draw attention to the global water crisis and bring art to the New York City skyline, water towers in the city that never sleeps are being transformed with the creative touch of well-known participants. As part of The Water Tank Project, each water tower is being covered in creative, lively, colorful, and powerful artworks by some of the most renowned international artists, including Jeff Koons.

  • NYC’s MTA Celebrates 110 Years of Service By Letting Passengers Ride Vintage Subway Trains

    As part of the commemoration of the New York subway’s 110th anniversary, MTA New York City Transit ran two “Nostalgia Trains” on the 2 & 3 lines between Times Square-42 St. and 96 St. on Sun., October 26, 2014. The MTC ran these two “Low-Voltage,” or “Lo-V” cars to celebrate the city’s 110th anniversary servicing New York City commuters. MTA Flickr uploaded photos capturing the vintage experience some lucky passengers had.

  • 5 Simple Cocktails For Your Halloween Party

    Halloween is quickly approaching and if you’re hosting a party, you need to make sure you have the perfect cocktails on hand. The days of offering shots of bottom shelf whiskey and oddly-flavored liqueur (does that say cactus juice schnapps?) chased with light beer are long behind you (hopefully). But you also don’t need to be spending your time on concoctions with 30 ingredients including herbs you never heard of and a variety of expensive bitters you’ll quickly forget about in the back of your liquor cabinet. That’s why Captain Morgan teamed up Owl’s Brew, creators of delicious tea mixers, and celebrity chef Nadia G for these quick and easy cocktails.

  • RSVLTS Cuts x Shortcut App

    Yesterday evening at RSVLTS HQ, we hosted our 5th edition of RSVLTS Cuts, this time sponsored by the new app/barber service Shortcut. In case you weren’t paying attention to the news this week, Shortcut just launched in NYC and is the first on-demand mobile service/app for dudes that brings a barber to your apartment, office or hotel room and in just a few simple taps of the app (a.k.a., convenience, perfected). Group orders are recommended too, because the more guys gathered, the cheaper each haircut becomes. One of their main barbers, the awesome Gil, was at the HQ to provide some fresh cuts and trims, while the crew also sipped on some delicious Ole Smoky Moonshine whiskey throughout the night. Shortcut is looking to expand into other areas/cities soon (ah-hem, Jersey City/Hoboken, hurry, ah-hem), but definitely give it a try the next time you need a great trim on-the-go in NYC. Mention “First Shortcut” and the dudes will give you 20% off your first cut as well. Get the app here

  • Hurricane Sandy’s Destruction: A Look Back At 70 Shocking High Quality Photos

    [ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED: October 30, 2012] Hurricane Sandy was the most powerful storm to ever make landfall on the United States east coast, north of the Carolinas. It hit southern New Jersey on October 29, 2012 at 6.30pm local time and laid waste to the majority of the Northeast during the day. Currently 48 people across the US and Canada have been reported dead, but the final figure is expected to be significantly higher.  Hundreds of thousands of people are without power in New York and the transit system, schools, the stock exchange and Broadway are all out of action after a 13ft wall of water caused by the storm surge and high tides brought severe flooding to subways and road tunnels. There are dozens of photos flying around the web and we’ve compiled all of them in one place.

  • How To Pair Halloween Candy With Your Favorite Booze and Beer [Infographic]

    Whether you’re binging on your kids’ candy after they went to sleep or you’re a thrifty loner who bought a cart full of candy on November 1 for 90% off, chances are you’ll be eating lots of Halloween candy this weekend. And all that eating will undoubtedly make you thirsty. But before you imbibe the first thing you come across, take a look at this guide featuring wine, beer, and booze pairings for popular candies. Now you’ll never make the horrible mistake of drinking a Beaujolais with Skittles or—GASP!—a gueuze with a Kit Kat.

  • Tilt Shifting New York City [25 Photos]

    Tip: navigate using the ← left and right → arrow keys Tilt-shift photography is a creative and unique type of photography in which the camera is manipulated so that a life-sized location or subject looks like a miniature-scale model.

  • It’s Not Even Halloween and the Worst Costume Already Goes to This “Sexy Ebola Containment Suit”

    It’s inevitable you’ll see some ignorant basic girl wearing this or a DIY “Sexy Ebola Containment Suit” this Halloween. Ray Rice, AP, ISIS, ect all costumes we’ll see worn this year by some shock-value-hungry moron looking to stir up controversy at a party. If you think domestic violence, middle eastern extremists or a deadly virus that’s claimed the lives of thousands of people this year is funny, please think again and don’t be that person. And if you’re not creative enough to make your own American Horror Story costume just go as a sexy animal or GI Joe. Brands on Sale thought it would be clever? cheeky? funny? to sell a costume poking fun at the very real, very deadly Ebola virus by not only encouraging people to wear a containment costume, but then making it “sexy”. The irony, you see, is in the fact that containment costumes usually aren’t this sexy. Get it?

  • Retro Posters Urge New Yorkers To Visit New York

    New Yorkers already have pretty much everything they could want in New York City, so it only makes sense that the perfect travel destination to advertise to them would be…New York City. The newest campaign from NYC & Company, “See Your City,” urges New Yorkers to visit places in the city they may be missing out on. It’s easy to become comfortable in your own borough and get into a routine that never allows you to see the rest of the city. So check out these great places that are just a train or ferry ride away. And because many of these spots are a bit out of the way, you won’t have to worry about mobs of tourists buying M&M’s by the bushel in Times Square because apparently they don’t have candy anywhere else in the world. For more info on these destinations and other hidden gems, check out See Your City.

  • The Great Burger Debate: Which Fast Food Chain Does It Best? Take Our Poll!

    It’s a topic that is often debated, and now we’re finally going to get a definitive answer to the question of which fast food chain has the best burger. Our poll is inspired by a YouGov poll of 1,157 U.S. residents that revealed Five Guys and Burger King are tied for the nation’s favorite fast food burger, garnering 15% of the vote each. Yet with In-N-Out getting just 9% of the over all vote for best burger we’re feeling like this poll is a big f&%ked up because nothing tops In-N-Out (in our opinion). So we decided to launch our own poll.

  • The Pizzadilla: Do you like pizza? Do you like quesadillas? Prepare to have your mind blown.

    The pizzadilla is what happens when the pizza and the quesadilla get together and make sweet, greasy, cheesy, carby love. And, thanks to J. Kenji López-Alt at Serious Eats and his simple recipe, this food hybrid is no longer something that exists only in your dreams. So now you can make it. Tonight. Y’know, after that post-work ‘relaxing’ beer. It will take 15 mins and you need a cast-iron skillet, or just a thin frying pan if the concept of a skillet escapes you at 1am. Ingredients include two tortillas, a lot of cheese and a tomato base, plus whatever toppings you want *empties out entire fridge*. The cooking process seems fairly fool-proof. There is frying and grilling involved, plus a little light flipping. What you need: 1/2 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil 2 large flour tortillas that just fit inside your cast iron skillet 3/4 cup store-bought or homemade pizza sauce 5 ounce shredded whole milk low moisture mozzarella cheese 2 ounces grated Parmesan cheese, divided 2 basil leaves, roughly torn Additional toppings, as desired Step-by-step directions: Step 1. Adjust oven rack to 6 to 8 inches below broiler element and preheat broiler to high. Heat oil in a large cast iron skillet over high more »

  • Guinness Enters The Luxury Market With New Signature Series

    Guinness, purveyor of the famous dry stout popular all over the world, is trying something a little different this holiday season. The brand, synonymous with workingmen for the last 200 years, is now entering the luxury market with a new Signature Series. The first in this new line, an amber ale, is now available. The 1759 is an amber ale made from a combination of traditional beer malt and fine peated whisky malt and uses the same Guinness yeast that has been used for over 125 years. The classy, black matte bottle is available in the 25.4 oz (750 ml) size familiar to luxury beer lovers and is packaged in a black velvet-lined box. Inspired by a 200 year old recipe, this special beer is limited to just 90,000 bottles. That may sound like a lot, but not when you consider that’s about as much stout as the company produces in an hour. At $34.99 a bottle, it’s priced above even what many premium beer drinkers are used to, but as a one-shot it’s worth the plunge. We sampled a bottle at RSVLTS HQ, chilled and served in a stemless champagne flute as Guinness suggests. If you’re expecting a hoppy more »

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