REAL-LIFE SUPERHERO TOM HARDY CAUGHT TWO RUNAWAY CRIMINALS ON MOPEDS IN SOUTH LONDON

Years of stunt training—for Legend, The Dark Knight Rises and Mad Max: Fury Road—have served Tom Hardy well.

The Hollywood strongman recently flipped "into superhero mode"—as onlookers put it—when he captured two crooks on mopeds after they crashed into a $65,000 Mercedes and then attempted hasty getaways.

And they very likely would have gotten away with it had Mad Max himself not witnessed the ordeal. According to bystanders, he chased down the criminals by hopping a few fences and running through a few backyard gardens.

Eventually, he caught up with the perps, grabbing one by the neck. He then performed a citizen's arrest on both, checking them for weapons by patting them down and snatching up their IDs.

"I'm a big Tom Hardy fan, and there was no mistaking him. He looked as mad as he does on telly," one bystander told The Sun.


JESSICA ALBA IS TURNING 36. CELEBRATE WITH HER HOTTEST MAXIM SHOTS EVER

Former Maxim cover girl and seriously savvy business mogul Jessica Alba celebrated her 36th birthday on April 28.
We can't get enough of the gorgeous actress-gone-entrepreneur, so to mark the occasion, here are some of our favorite photos of the smoldering Sin City actress gracing our pages.
Brains, beauty, and a business—the eco-conscious bath and body products hit Honest Company— valued at a billion dollars. What more could a girl want for her birthday?

 

And if you still need more (which of course you do) check out the rest from our photo shoot here.  And be sure to watch behind-the-scenes, below.

 

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Pitch a tent, fire, pack a cooler, tie a two half-hitches: these are the camping basics. Even if you didn’t study them in the Boy Scout handbook, online guides make them easy to learn. But what about the lesser-known, less intuitive ways to make camping more pleasant, comfortable or efficient? These are camping’s best-kept secrets — today we might call them “camping hacks”. Most can’t be found in a book. Think hard and you may discover you’ve built some up yourself: A bandanna doubles as a beer koozie. Hearts is the perfect camp card game. A ghost story is best told with someone hiding in the woods supplying sound effects.

But the best camping hacks come from people whose hearts and minds are constantly on the next meadow and copse, the trailhead, mountaintop or campsite. These experts — survivalists, adventurers, safari guides, chefs and more — are so in tune with Mother Nature’s song that they’ve added harmonies. Some are traditions handed down for generations; others were learned over thousands of hours of hard work in the woods, and others still were picked up by chance or desperate necessity. Though small, they are as varied as the terrain over the hillside. (One’s called a “Poop Tube”.) Together, they can change the way you camp. Here, the experts share their ways.

Alastair Humphreys

National Geographic Adventurer of the Year

Popcorn kernels are a gem of a trick. Tiny weight. I blast a panful as soon as I pitch camp. Salt and oil are welcome after a hard day and popcorn somehow feels decadent.

Black peppercorns. Grind with the pliers on my Leatherman. Adds a touch of class to dinner.

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Alex Walker

Guide and Operator, Serian Safari Camps

If you’re camping in or near a sand-river, dig yourself a nice pit and line it with a groundsheet — and voila, you have a makeshift bathtub. Heat some water on your campfire and pour yourself a whiskey as you fill the tub. Recline under the stars for the ultimate al fresco soak, and watch as the night unfolds around you.

Parker Liautaud

Polar Explorer

Be organized. You’re dealing with a ton of crap when you’re camping: millions of little things, gloves everywhere, socks lying around, a penknife, you have your boots lying somewhere. It’s really easy to lose stuff. Having a really well thought-out system for where you put stuff once you’re inside the tent means you don’t risk losing things.

It’s specific to the environment. In Antarctica… I put my inner and outer gloves, face mask, things like that — those all went in my sleeping bag because I knew I needed my body heat to warm those up and keep the moisture out. Anything else I didn’t need to sleep with — goggles, for instance — would go on a little pocket on the inside of the tent so they didn’t get in the way of things. I would always put my boots at the back, because they were always in the way. When I took off my hardshell, I’d use that to elevate my head, as a pillow — we didn’t have pillows, that was extra weight we couldn’t carry.

Darran Wells

Associate Professor of Outdoor Education and Leadership, Central Wyoming College

It is almost always worth it to go that extra mile for the campsite with the view. Being able to navigate confidently off-trail opens up another world of camping possibilities away from often crowded designated camping areas.

Just because someone has obviously camped in that backcountry location before doesn’t mean it is a legal campsite. Always check your distance from trails and water.

My favorite website for planning a hiking route: hillmap.com. Allows split screen which shows a topo map right beside a satellite view at same scale.

Learn to fly fish with a lightweight Tenkara rod and forage for wild edible plants, ‘shrooms, and berries so you don’t have to carry all that mac ‘n’ cheese around with you. It’s tastier when you earn it, and you’ll live longer too.

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Chris Burkard

Professional Photographer

Put a headlamp around and facing into a big bottle of water for a soft, freestanding, diffused light.

Will McGough

GP Travel and Outdoors Correspondent

Your choice of shelter is up for debate, be it a big tent, small tent, hammock or tarp. But don’t you dare skimp on an A-list sleeping bag and sleeping pad. They are the two most important deciders of your comfort when in the wilderness.

Don’t blind your friends. Buy a headlamp that has a red light setting. Your friends will thank you.

Two words: canned curry. Pick it up at an Asian grocery store. Whether you’re going light and eating rice and quinoa or packing in meat, the curry will enhance the hell out of your otherwise plain-flavored meal.

My morning mood in camp drastically improved when I invested in an insulated coffee cup with a lid. No longer do I feel I need to chug my coffee before it gets cold, and it is one of those things you wonder how you ever did without.

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Joe Carroll

Author of Feeding the Fire and owner of Fette Sau and St. Anselm in Brooklyn

Wood is as much flavor as it is fuel, especially when you’re cooking simple food while camping. You can burn nearly any wood for a campfire, but not all wood is meant for cooking. Stay away from anything with a high sap content, like pine, cedar and other coniferous trees, which will impart an unpleasant flavor. When your only ingredients other than meat are salt and pepper or a simple dry rub (both easy to pack for the woods), the type of wood you use can have a profound effect on the taste of the finished product. While you might not be able to forage for air-dried or seasoned wood, stick with local hardwoods like oak and maple.

And be sure to cook over the coals, rather than plunging your food into the direct fire. Build your fire, and then rake some of the hot coals to one side beneath a suspended grill grate.

Demyan Hryciw

Instructor, REI Outdoor School

When nature calls #2, use a Poop Tube. This is a PVC pipe four inches in diameter and 10 inches in length (dependent on trip length) with a solid cap glued on one end and a threaded cap for the other. I use coffee filters upon which to void my bowels and package the waste. I drop the packages in the tube through the threaded end and sprinkle in oxygen absorbers from my freeze-dried meals to solidify the excrement for easy disposal after my trip. Close all poop tubes tightly so as not to leave a trail of your droppings. This is all in the name of Leave-No-Trace etiquette.

Before I set out on an overnight hike, I dab small globs of toothpaste onto a sheet of paper and let them dry like Candy Buttons. I roll the paper and place it in my lightweight Dopp kit along with other essential toiletries. Mornings of my hike I simply pluck a dab from the scroll, dissolve it in water and proceed to brush my teeth.

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Terrence Smith

Senior Instructor, REI Outdoor School

I take a reflective cord for my bear bag. It lights up like day when your headlamp hits it and makes it easy to find at night or for an early morning departure. Tie your aluminum cup up with your bear bag near the clip so if something tries to get at it, you will hear it.

Jonathan Cedar and Alec Drummond

BioLite Stoves Cofounders

I like to pack all of my clothes and gear in stuff sacks inside my pack so I can quickly empty, find, and re-pack my pack in five easy parts.

Bring a good book. You never know when you’ll be stuck in a tent or somewhere else. And Folgers coffee bags. Light and good for one cup each.

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Ueli Steck

World-Record Speed Climber

When camping in cold temperatures, I melt snow in the evening and fill my bottle with hot water. Putting the bottle in my sleeping bag makes it warm and comfortable. In the morning you already have water and you can immediately brew a coffee with it!

Buck Tilton

Founder, Wilderness Medicine Institute

Because I’ve grown somewhat tired of freeze-dried fare, these days I often cook something I like at home, something in the one-pot category, and freeze it in plastic, let it thaw in my pack, and warm it up over the old MSR XGK set on low heat.

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The 25 Best Cars Under $50,000 in 2017

Compact Cars

Compact Doesn’t Mean Compromised

Volkswagen Golf GTI

25-Best-Cars-2016-Gear-Patrol-VW-GTI This legend has been the benchmark for hot hatches since it first rolled off the assembly line in 1976. We may have slim pickings in the U.S. when it comes to hatchbacks in general, but just know that the GTI bests the rest around the world, so the option we do have is the best by far. Low-end torque and a lively 2.0-liter turbo engine translates to a 0-60 time that has the GTI punching well above its weight.

Engine: 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder
Horsepower: 210
Torque: 258 lb-ft
Drive: FWD
0-60 mph: 5.8 seconds
Top Speed: 124 mph

Ford Focus RS

Ford-Focus-RS-Gear-Patrol Developed by Ford Performance with some consulting from Ken Block, the 2016 Ford Focus RS shouldn’t be road legal. And with 350 horsepower, 350 lb-ft and a base price of $35,900, it’s easy to see the bureaucrats were kept away from this one, as though the certified “Drift Mode” weren’t proof enough.

Engine: 2.3-liter turbocharged inline-four
Horsepower: 350
Torque: 350 lb-ft
Drive: AWD
0-60 mph: 4.6 seconds
Top Speed: 165 mph

Audi S3

Since the A4/S4 has put on some weight over the years, the S3 now slots in under its heavier brother and takes up the mantle has the nimble sport sedan. 292 horsepower and 280 lb-ft combine to make just enough performance to have an incredible amount of fun, while staying out of trouble on the open road.

Engine: 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder
Horsepower: 292
Torque: 280 lb-ft
Drive: AWD
0-60 mph: 4.6 seconds
Top Speed: 155 mph

Sedans

It’s the Adult Thing to Do

Lexus IS 350 F Sport RWD

It took a while, but Lexus has finally put forth a car worthy of being in the same conversation as the Germans. Its radical styling actually works for it, separating it from the other cookie-cutter luxury four-doors. But it takes more than styling to compete in one of the most contested segments on the market. The interior’s level of design makes the cockpit a pleasant place to be and the naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V6 makes it a great place to stay.

Engine: 3.5-liter V6
Horsepower: 306
Torque: 277 lb-ft
Drive: RWD
0-60 mph: 5.6 seconds
Top Speed: 143 mph

Audi A4

25-Best-Cars-2016-Gear-Patrol-Audi-A4 The Audi A4 went untouched for seven years, but it came back in a big way. Though there were only subtle aesthetic tweaks, Audi made huge changes underneath the hood, carrying crash avoidance and driver assistance systems over from the top-of-the-line Q7 SUV.

Engine: 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four
Horsepower: 252
Torque: 273 lb-ft
Drive: AWD
0-60 mph: 5.7 seconds
Top Speed: 130 mph

Mazda6

25-Best-Cars-2016-Gear-Patrol-Mazda6In the past few years, Japan, and Mazda especially, have really come into their own in the style and design department. It’s no coincidence that there are four Mazdas on our list. For the price, they’re some of the best-handling cars on the road, and the 6 is no exception. Sharp and flowing design draped over a competent yet efficient chassis, and all for under $25,000.

Engine: 2.5-liter four-cylinder
Horsepower: 184
Torque: 185 lb-ft
Drive: FWD
0-60 mph: 7.4 seconds
Top Speed: N/A

Cadillac CTS

 Cadillac has really come into its own with its latest generation. The 2017/2016 CTS wears the new Cadillac design language beautifully, and for the price, it’s hard to beat the level of luxury the CTS provides.
Engine: 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder
Horsepower: 268
Torque: 295 lb-ft
Drive: RWD
0–60 mph: 5.8 seconds
Top Speed: N/A

Wagons

More Practical Than a Crossover

Volvo V60 Cross Country T5 AWD

 It was sad to see the V70 wagon depart the U.S. market in 2010, but the tried-and-true Volvo wagon has returned in the lovely and svelte V60 wagon. The squared-off wagon of old is long gone but steers clear of being categorized as a ubiquitous crossover. The creased hood, sloping roofline and swept profile perfectly house the 240 horsepower four-cylinder T5 with all-wheel-drive. Throw in the light off-road capabilities and you have yourself a great little wagon.

Engine: 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder
Horsepower: 240
Torque: 258 lb-ft
Drive: AWD
0-60 mph: 6.2 seconds
Top Speed: N/A

BMW 330i xDrive Sports Wagon

For the best combination of sport and practicality, look no further. The longer roof line works unbelievably well with the new generation 3-Series styling and has the performance to match with 248 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. Combine the practicality of a wagon, legendary 3-Series handling and the safety of all-wheel-drive and you’ve got one hell of a well-rounded car, no matter the weather. Tick the Dynamic Handling Package option for a grand, and get the fantastic Adaptive M suspension and Variable Sport Steering for even more fun behind the wheel.

Engine: 2.0-liter twin-turbocharged four-cylinder
Horsepower: 248
Torque: 280 lb-ft
Drive: AWD
0-60 mph: 5.7 seconds
Top Speed: 155 mph

Audi A4 Allroad

Audi made a name for itself tackling dirt roads with its quattro AWD system, and the new A4 Allroad brings that legendary ability to the average family. The A4 Allroad’s cargo space and off-road ability lends itself beautifully to the family who would rather gather around a campfire under the stars than a flat-screen TV in the living room.

Engine: 2.0-liter four-cylinder
Horsepower: 252
Torque: 273 lb-ft
Drive: AWD
0-60 mph: 5.9 seconds
Top Speed: 130 mph

Coupes

Half the Doors, Twice the Fun

Cadillac ATS

Cadillac-ATS-V-Gear-Patrol-Slide-1In the grand scheme of everyday driving, mountains of horsepower don’t really come into play. So, for as good as the ATS-V is (and it’s really good), it can be overkill. The standard ATS options keep the same great handling and poise as the V, but take a more conservative approach when it comes to power. Choose from a 2.5-liter four, a 2.0-liter turbocharged four (with an excellent six-speed manual) or the potent 3.6-liter V6 with 321 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque. Either way, you won’t be disappointed around town, or when the road opens up outside the city limits.

Engine: 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder / 3.6-liter V6
Horsepower: 272 / 335
Torque: 295 / 285 lb-ft
Drive: RWD
0-60 mph: 5.6 seconds (V6)
Top Speed: 146 mph (V6)

Lexus RC 350 F Sport

25-Best-Cars-2016-Gear-Patrol-Lexus-RC350At this price point, the RC is more sporty in its design and intentions than any of the Lexus SC iterations, while still catering to customers who want that Lexus luxury. The exterior is by far the best expression of the new, edgier Lexus design language, and the interior is awash with rich materials like Playa upholstery, aluminum pedals and bucket seats deeper than a barcalounger. The RC 350 F Sport drives incredibly well thanks to its Adaptive Variable Suspension and available Variable Gear Ratio Steering, which gives the driver impressive feedback.

Engine: 3.5-liter V6
Horsepower: 306
Torque: 277 lb-ft
Drive: RWD
0-60 mph: 5.6 seconds
Top Speed: 143 mph

BMW M240i

25-Best-Cars-2016-Gear-Patrol-BMW-2-CoupeYou could be forgiven for forgetting about the M235i now that the M2 has landed, but it would be a mistake to dismiss it altogether. The M2’s price point puts it just out of reach for this list, but the M235i wasn’t exactly a letdown when it debuted. It was the spiritual successor to the 1-Series M, and since the M3 has become quite large, it felt like it had more of a connection to the iconic E46 M3 as well. Best of all, it’s still available as the middle ground between the base models and the raucous M2.

Engine: 3.0-liter turbocharged inline six-cylinder
Horsepower: 335
Torque: 369 lb-ft
Drive: RWD
0-60 mph: 4.4 seconds
Top Speed: 155 mph

Convertibles

Go Topless

Mazda Miata RF

 Ignore the Miata’s incredibly low price just for a second, and focus purely on performance. There’s nothing in its weight class that can compare. And you’d actually have to go pretty far upmarket to find anything that delivers the experience and excitement that the new Miata does. Now factor in the MSRP, and the argument to buy anything else completely dissolves. The new RF’s retractable, targa-style roof only adds the newest Miata’s good looks.

Engine: 2.0-liter four-cylinder
Horsepower: 155
Torque: 148 lb-ft
Drive: RWD
0-60 mph: 5.8 seconds
Top Speed: 129 mph

BMW 230i Convertible

 Now that the 3- and 4-Series have both moved upmarket, the 2-Series has moved into the attainable-sports-car bracket. And with that, the 2-Series convertible has done a standup job as a pretty drop-top than can still handle a curve or two. The 2-Series convertible also eschews a hardtop and goes with a soft top in order to save weight and space. (And the classic convertible look is a nice bonus.)

Engine: 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder
Horsepower: 248
Torque: 258 lb-ft
Drive: RWD
0-60: 5.6 seconds
Top Speed: 130 mph

SUVs/CUVs

No Longer Gas-Guzzling Tanks

Mercedes-Benz GLA 250

 Mercedes has an uncanny ability to provide an incredible level of luxury to every one of its cars, no matter the price range. The GLA is a prime example of that. At $32,850, you’ll find a high-quality interior and design language that has the air of a car that costs $15,000–$20,000 more.

Engine: 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four
Horsepower: 208
Torque: 258 lb-ft
Drive: AWD
0-60: 6.1 seconds
Top Speed: 130 mph

Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD

 For as much as we praise Mazda for the handling built into its sedans and coupes, equal praise must be given for the mid-corner poise the brand distills into the CX-5 SUV as well. It’s not often an SUV is applauded for its handling, but somehow Mazda has transferred its signature handling to its higher-riding vehicles.

Engine: 2.5-liter four-cylinder
Horsepower: 187
Torque: 185 lb-ft
Drive: AWD
0-60: 7.7 seconds
Top Speed: 120 mph

Trucks

When a Workhorse Is Called For

Ford F-150

 Ford obviously didn’t need to change its formula for the most successful vehicle of all time, but the company went ahead and made the F-150 even better by using lightweight, rigid aluminum for its bread-and-butter pickup. Two state-of-the-art EcoBoost engines are available as powertrains, including a 2.7-liter V6 and a 3.5-liter V6, maximizing both power and fuel economy. Most importantly, the move towards more advanced materials may just pave the way for generations to come.

Engine: 3.5-liter V6 / 2.7-liter turbo V6 / 3.5-liter turbo V6 / 5.0-liter V8
Horsepower: 282 / 325 / 365 / 385
Torque: 253 / 375 / 420 / 387 lb-ft
Drive: RWD / AWD
0-60: 5.6 seconds (turbo V6 ecoBoost)
Top Speed: 107 mph (turbo V6 ecoBoost)

Chevy Colorado

25-Best-Cars-2016-Gear-Patrol-SilveradoThe Colorado gets Chevy back in the mid-sized truck game, dominated by the Toyota Tacoma for far too long. Simplicity is key here. Chevy’s trucks may not be the most technologically advanced options, but if you want a truck that can take a bruising, the Colorado is the best no-frills option. And in 4×4 guise with a V6 with an optional 7,000-pound towing capacity, it won’t mind putting in the work.

Engine: 2.8-liter Turbo Diesel / 3.6-liter V6
Horsepower: 181 / 305
Torque: 369 / 269 lb-ft
Drive: RWD / AWD
0-60: 7.6 seconds (V6)
Top Speed: 98 mph (V6)

Ram 1500 Rebel

Now that “performance-orientated” SUVs are geared for track use (for whatever reason), it would seem that muscle-truck designers are taking the opportunity to make use of all those knobby tires and lifted suspension kits manufacturers have lying around. The Ram 1500 Rebel is Dodge’s hat in the ring, striking a perfect balance between a standard pickup and the balls-out insanity of the Ford F-150 Raptor.

Engine: 5.7-liter Hemi V8
Horsepower: 395
Torque: 410 lb-ft
Drive: 4×4
0-60: 6.6 seconds (V8)
Top Speed: 106 mph

Sports Cars

Completely Impractical, Absolutely Necessary

Subaru WRX STi

25-Best-Cars-2016-Gear-Patrol-WRXDespite the disappearance of the tasty hatchback, the STi lives on in a rally sedan that’s more refined and better looking than the outgoing car. It gets a new platform, increased chassis rigidity with more capable suspension than ever. Thankfully, the WRX keeps its six-speed manual, gets limited-slip diffs and torque vectoring to keep things planted when roads get messy, but it lets you have a little fun when that unplowed parking lot is calling your name (and your e-brake).

Engine: 2.5-liter turbocharged flat four-cylinder
Horsepower: 305
Torque: 290 lb-ft
Drive: AWD
0-60: 4.7 seconds
Top Speed: 159 mph

Audi TT

25-Best-Cars-2016-Gear-Patrol-Audi-TT There’s a reason Audi is synonymous with legendary handling, and cars like the Audi TT are a shining example of it. With all four wheels pushed far to the corners of the car, and with its low-slung architecture, the TT feels like a go kart through the corners. Through design and performance the TT is just one of those cars nearly anyone can set decent lap times in.

Engine: 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four
Horsepower: 220
Torque: 258 lb-ft
Drive: AWD
0-60: 5.3 seconds
Top Speed: 130 mph

Ford Mustang GT

Ford-Mustang-Gear-PatrolFord ditched the old car’s solid rear axle and reworked the Mustang into a real sports car, instead of just a potent muscle car. The fully independent front and rear suspension, along with a more rigid body structure, makes for a rewarding driving experience, rather than an opportunity to soil yourself out of pure fear. And, as great as the EcoBoost 2.3-liter four-cylinder is, the V8 is still the one to buy. The new Mustang is a car the world covets and respects, not just for its heritage, but because it has arrived in a fresh and exhilarating way.

Engine: 5.0-liter V8
Horsepower: 435
Torque: 400 lb-ft
Drive: RWD
0-60: 4.3 seconds
Top Speed: 155 mph

THIS PENIS-SHAPED MUSHROOM MAKES WOMEN SPONTANEOUSLY ORGASM

Gentleman, behold the orgasm mushroom!

Aptly named the phallus indusiatus, this phallic fungus looks exactly like a penis and apparently gives women orgasms with its reportedly foul odor. Well, at the very least now you know what scented candle to burn next time you Netflix and chill.

The orgasmic properties of this magic mushroom were discovered back in 2001 by two medical scientists named Noah Soule and John Halliday, who were conducting experiments in Hawaii. The scientists had both men and women take a good whiff of the stinky penis mushroom and rate their arousal levels. While the men and their flaccid dicks felt nothing but disappointment and revulsion, the mushroom sent happy tingles straight to the ladies’ naughty bits. They were all highly aroused, and more than half had spontaneous, earth shattering orgasms.

It was duly noted that the offensive fumes of dick-shaped vegetation were enough to really take women there. Turns out one man’s gag inducing fungus can be another woman’s best friend. All we have to go on is what the survey respondents reported, but for the sake of women everywhere, we're crossing our fingers that it's true.