How to run safely and responsibly as the coronavirus pandemic continues

Tensions between runners and pedestrians have soared during the coronavirus lockdown as pavements became battlegrounds for a new culture war.

Walkers are complaining that joggers are hogging paths and putting them at risk of infection as they pant their way past.

But runners face our own dangers – just as we could theoretically infect pedestrians, those passersby could infect us, as we run along, inhaling deeply.

The Times says it is ‘inevitable’ that tensions between the ‘two tribes’ will ‘boil over’ and The Guardian says there is now a ‘battle for our pathways’.

In short, runners are in danger of replacing cyclists as everyone else’s pet hate. With divisions widening, it feels like a manifesto is needed so we can run safely, considerately and responsibly – a highway code for running in the coronavirus era. 

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Don’t suddenly whizz past a pedestrian

It’s always been scary when a runner appears out of the blue. There is now the added fear that such a runner could be passing on a potentially deadly virus as they pant past. So it’s never been more important that runners don’t suddenly stomp past people who didn’t hear them coming.

To avoid alarm and the risk of infection, when you pass someone give them as wide a berth as you safely can, and don’t return on to the path until you are at least 10 metres ahead.

‘Infected droplets can stay in your slipstream, which has low pressure so they hover a bit longer in it,’ explains Bert Blocken, professor at Eindhoven University in the Netherlands and KU Leuven in Belgium, who specialises in wind engineering and sports aerodynamics.

Stay alert

One of the joys of running is that it can take you into a hypnotic state. A study I quote in my book, Running: Cheaper Than Therapy, found that more than half of runners experience a trance-like experience as they pound the pavements.

Running can be blissful but during the pandemic it’s very important to stay alert as you trot.

If you accidentally bump into a pedestrian you put both of you at the risk of infection and the health service can’t afford to treat unnecessary injuries from runners who switched off and tripped over an obstacle.

Take it easier

The public is anxious about infection and vulnerable groups are taking their first steps back outside after months of shielding. Going at a faster pace often seems to make runners less considerate and more unsettling for those they dash towards.

You might feel like a heroic athlete but in these scary times you can look like a speeding bullet to others. Is it really worth frightening other people to make sure we complete our 5k in less than 20 minutes or beat our 10k personal best?

Time your run sensibly

During recent heatwaves a lot of runners took to setting out before dawn or in the late evening, so they could run in cooler conditions. Running at those times during the pandemic is a good idea too.

If it’s possible for you to run when the streets are less busy, do that and avoid the crowds and the problems they bring.

Don’t spit or snot

There’s no polite way of putting it: some people like to spit and fire out snot bombs when they run. This habit is ‘very dangerous,’ says professor Blocken, particularly when it involves mucus, which can have a ‘high dose’ of the virus.

‘If someone is running or walking close behind you and you spit our saliva or mucus then you are putting them at risk,’ says professor Blocken.

And look, it’s also a really unpleasant habit at the best of times, so maybe runners could cut it out completely.

Be the change you want to see

At the heart of the new culture war is a simple question: should the onus be on runners or pedestrians to make space? But what we all want in the end is a world where everyone is considerate. So don’t get caught up in the power games – just take a lead and be the nice one.

Communicate your intention

If you are heading for a direct confrontation with a pedestrian, signal clearly who should move where. It’s better to communicate clearly what needs to happen rather than starting a game of chicken.

Likewise, if you are about to run past someone you could (calmly) call out “passing on your left” so they know you’re approaching.

Don’t touch anything

The chances of you inadvertently touching your face during running are high, so wherever possible, avoid touching any door handles, traffic light buttons or other shared objects while you are out.

Run alone

Social distancing advice has ruled out running with people from other households but as we do start to run with other people, take into account that any of them may be infected without knowing it.

‘You can run next to other people at a two-metre distance but it would be wise not be in their slipstream,’ says professor Blocken.

Don’t panic

Some joggers worry that the deep breathing involved with running puts them at greater risk of infection. Relax, the risk of transmission in the open air without close direct contact with another person is still relatively low and early research suggests that running doesn’t make a huge difference.

‘The amount of droplets you will get from another person would be more or less the same whether you are inhaling normally, or deeply and intensively,’ says Professor Blocken. ‘You might inhale them more deeply into your respiratory system, but on the other hand, runners are generally in better shape and with a better immune system.

‘I think having a better immune system is more important than how deeply you’re breathing.’

So keep calm and enjoy your run.

Running: Cheaper Than Therapy by Chas Newkey-Burden is out now. (Bloomsbury, £9.99)

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What is antifa and who funds it?

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Antifa is an umbrella term to describe radical left-leaning militant groups that typically confront neo-Nazism and white supremacists at demonstrations.

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Public and elected officials, including President Trump, have blamed antifa activists for violence at protests sparked by the death of George Floyd last week. Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died last Monday after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee on Floyd's neck for several minutes.


But officials have said that in parts of the country, what started as peaceful protests have devolved into organized riots.

Short for “anti-fascists,” antifa has no hierarchical structure or universal set of tactics that makes its presence immediately recognizable, though members tend to espouse revolutionary and anti-authoritarian views, said Mark Bray, a historian at Rutgers University and author of “Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook.”

Literature from the antifa movement encourages followers to pursue lawful protest activity as well as more confrontational acts, according to a 2018 Congressional Research Service report.


The literature suggests that followers monitor the activities of white supremacist groups, publicize online the personal information of perceived enemies, develop self-defense training regimens and compel outside organizations to cancel any speakers or events with “a fascist bent,” the report said.

People associated with Antifa have been present for significant demonstrations and counter-demonstrations over the last three years, sometimes involving brawls and property damage.

Trump and members of his administration have singled out antifa as being responsible for the violence at protests triggered by the killing of Floyd.


On Tuesday, Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, told FOX Business’ Maria Bartiromo the FBI has evidence that shows antifa's involvement.

“This is an organized effort. I don’t say it’s a strictly organized effort, but it’s organized,” Giuliani said. “They’re communicating with each other, you know the FBI has a lot of the texts that show antifa's involvement. They’re anarchists, they’re people who want to drive this government down.”

In a pair of statements over the weekend, Attorney General William Barr described “antifa-like tactics" by out-of-state agitators and said antifa was instigating violence and engaging in “domestic terrorism" and would be dealt with accordingly.

At a White House appearance Monday, Trump blamed antifa by name for the violence, along with violent mobs, arsonists and looters.

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters earlier in the day that antifa is a “big element of this protest," though she deferred to the Justice Department on the question of how one could be identified as a member.

But it's unclear how big its involvement is.

Police stand near an overturned vehicle and a fire as demonstrators protest the death of George Floyd, Sunday, May 31, 2020, near the White House in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Bray said that although he believes people associated with antifa are participating in the demonstrations, it is difficult to establish how big of a role they're playing since there is no official roster of members and since the movement lacks the numbers to mobilize nationwide in such a dramatic, forceful way.

“The radical left is much bigger than antifa— much, much bigger — and the number of people who are participating in the property destruction are much, much bigger than the radical left,” Bray said.


Little is known about who funds antifa activists, or how the groups get their resources. Antifa is not a single organization, and therefore, financial details, if any exist, are murky.

Earlier this week, Trump tweeted: “The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization."

Asked Monday what legal authority the president would have for labeling antifa a terror organization, McEnany pointed to the existing statute under the U.S. criminal code that defines acts of domestic and international terrorism.


Even if antifa is not a designated terror organization, FBI Director Chris Wray has made clear that it's on the radar of federal law enforcement.

He has said that while the FBI does not investigate on the basis of ideology, agents have pursued investigations across the country against people motivated to commit crimes and acts of violence "on kind of an antifa ideology."

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Bella Hadid and The Weeknd Are 'in Touch' Again 9 Months After Split

Holding out hope for a reconciliation? Bella Hadid and The Weeknd still communicate after calling it quits more than nine months ago, a source tells Us Weekly exclusively.

“Bella and The Weeknd have been in touch recently,” the insider tells Us.

The 23-year-old model and the 30-year-old “Blinding Lights” singer ended their relationship in August 2019 after dating on and off for four years. A source previously told Us that Hadid was taking time for herself after they hit pause on their romance.

“Bella isn’t dating anyone at the moment. She is so busy traveling and working nonstop and she’s mostly focused on her career right now,” the source told Us in February, noting Hadid still had “feelings” for The Weeknd (real name Abel Tesfaye).

The source added at the time that “there’s always a possibility that they will get back together down the line.”

Hadid and The Weeknd met in April 2015 when the musician enlisted her to model for his Beauty Behind the Madness album. A month later, Us broke the news that they were seeing each other. They split for the first time in November 2016.

The Grammy winner subsequently moved on with Selena Gomez. The twosome dated for 10 months, but ultimately called it quits in October 2017. The Weeknd and Gomez, 27, also remain on good terms after their breakup.

“Selena is a fan of The Weeknd and his music,” a source told Us in March after the “Boyfriend” songstress included a track from The Weeknd’s After Hours album on her quarantine playlist. “She has no negative feelings toward him. They are cordial.”

The “Look At Her Now” singer previously called the Canadian star one of her “best friends” during an interview with Billboard after their split.

“Something that I’m really proud of is that there’s such a true friendship [between us],” Gomez said at the time. “I truly have never experienced anything like that in my life. We ended it as best friends, and it was genuinely about encouraging and caring [for each other], and that was pretty remarkable for me.”

Gomez and Hadid’s relationship has also made headlines over the years. Last month, a fan account dedicated to the former Disney star shared a screenshot of Hadid following Gomez on Instagram. It wasn’t long, however, before the Victoria’s Secret model unfollowed the “Rare” singer — again.

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Trump says he’s ‘law and order president’ and vows to send the ARMY to quell riots as blasts echo near White House – The Sun

DONALD Trump declared himself a "president of law and order" in a speech on Monday, stating he would be deploying "thousands" of military personnel to combat nationwide unrest.

Speaking in the Rose Garden, Trump said: "America is founded on the rule of law," before adding, "if malice or violence reigns, then none of us are free."

Trump was speaking at a time when America has been gripped by protests and unrest, its citizens have taken to the streets to showcase their anger at police brutality and racism.

As the president spoke, loud explosions could be heard in the background as tear gas was fired on protestors just outside the White House gates.

Overhead, the constant sound of a helicopter sounded as Trump declared his intention to call on the military to help uphold laws and end nationwide looting.

Trump said: "My first and highest duty as president is to defend our great country and the American people.

"I swore an oath to uphold the laws of our nation and that is exactly what I will do."

The president said that justice would be served for George Floyd, the unarmed black man who died after a white police knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes.

Nationwide protests were sparked after a video of Floyd's death was released, and Trump declared himself an "ally of all peaceful protestors."

Such protests, however, have spawned outbreaks of looting, with Trump declaring he would deploy "thousands and thousands of heavily armed soldiers, military personnel and law enforcement officers" to bring order.

Over recent days, calls from the Republican donors and those on Capitol Hill have increases as Trump supporters have looked for the president to address the nationwide unrest.

Minutes after his speech, Trump walked out of the White House to pay tribute to a nearby church that caught first during the unrest.

In a shock move, Trump, guarded by military personnel, headed past peaceful protests and graffiti that was a result of the recent demonstrations.

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Magnum ice cream and Calippos urgently recalled from UK supermarkets – The Sun

TUBS of Magnum ice cream and Calippo lollies are urgently being recalled from UK supermarkets.

Shoppers are being warned about the treats as the country has sweltered through the sunniest spring since records began.

The mini Calippo ice lollies sold by almost all major UK supermarkets have been recalled over fears they contain pieces of metal.

This makes the treats, which are popular among kids, unsafe and shoppers are being advised not to eat them.

The product recall applies to multi-packs of Wall's Mini Calippo which come in the flavours of orange and lemon-lime.

These are sold in six-packs of 80ml lollies in supermarkets including Asda, Iceland, Morrisons, Ocado and Sainsbury's for prices ranging between £1.50 and £2.

They've previously also been up for grabs at Tesco but are currently listed as unavailable on its website.

The products being recalled come with best before dates of April 2022 or May 2022.

They will also have a batch code, which can be found on the side of the box, of either L0121, L0122, L0123, L0124, L0125 or L0126.

While Magnum white chocolate ice cream sold in Asda have been recalled over fears they could trigger allergic reactions.

The treats contain milk yet this is only mentioned in Italian and not English on the packaging.

Your product recall rights

PRODUCT recalls are an important means of protecting consumers from dangerous goods.

As a general rule, if a recall involves a branded product, the manufacturer would usually have lead responsibility for the recall action.

But it's often left up to supermarkets to notify customers when products could put them at risk.

If you are concerned about the safety of a product you own, always check the manufacturer’s website to see if a safety notice has been issued.

When it comes to appliances, rather than just food items, the onus is usually on you – the customer – to register the appliance with the manufacturer as if you don't there is no way of contacting you to tell you about a fault.

If you become aware that an item you own has been recalled or has any safety noticed issued against it, make sure you follow the instructions given to you by the manufacturer.

They should usually provide you with more information and a contact number on its safety notice.

In some cases, the manufacturer might ask you to return the item for a full refund or arrange for the faulty product to be collected.

You should not be charged for any recall work – such as a repair, replacement or collection of the recalled item.

This means people who suffer from an allergy to milk or milk constituents may accidentally eat the ice cream, which could cause them harm.

People who are allergic to milk can experience problems with their digestive system, such as diarrhoea, a bloated stomach, feeling sick and stomach cramps.

The product recall affects the 440ml tubs, which come with a batch code of either L9255AT138 or L9255BT138.

They have a best before date of September 2021. This information can be found on the rim of the lid.

The tubs are currently sold at Asda for £4, but was recently also available at Tesco for £3.85.

They've previously also been sold in Iceland, and are listed on Ocado's and Spar's websites too.

If you've bought the treats, Calippo's and Magnum's owner Unilever is advising you not to eat them.

Instead, you should contact Unilever by calling 0800 146252 or emailing [email protected] for a refund.

Magnum and Calippo said no other products are affected by the issue.

The Sun has asked Unilever how many ice cream tubs and lollies it's recalling, so we'll update this article if we get a response.

Unilever added in a statement: "The safety of the people that buy and use our products is always our number one priority, which is why we are taking the voluntary precaution of recalling these batches.

"We would like to apologise for any inconvenience and concern caused and thank everyone for their co-operation."

Other recent product recalls to watch out for include jars of pesto at Lidl, which are being recalled over allergy fears.

While Morrisons is recalling ten types of fresh herbs over listeria fears.

In March, Co-op recalled hash browns due to fears they contain plastic.

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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West ‘threaten ex-bodyguard with $10M lawsuit’ after he called rapper ‘needy’ and ‘moody’ – The Sun

KIM KARDASHIAN and Kanye West have threatened an ex-bodyguard with a $10 million lawsuit after he called the rapper "needy" and "moody" on a podcast.

The famous couple had previously planned to sue him in 2016, and also demanded he make a public apology at the time.

TMZ reported on Monday that Kim, 39, and Kanye, 42, sent Steve Stanulis a cease and desist letter after he went on the Hollywood Raw Podcast with scandalous claims about the rapper.

The couple claimed the bodyguard-turned- film director made "false and defamatory" statements and breached their confidentiality agreement.

Steve allegedly signed the agreement in February 2016, and vowed he would never talk about the famous pair's personal life or business matters.

Kim and Kanye reportedly said they will sue if he talks about them again.

Zack Teperman, Steve's publicist, told TMZ: "… no breach of any confidentiality agreement was done.

"My client went on a podcast to promote his new film, and old stories that were already out there were brought up."

Last month, Steve went on the podcast and talked about his experience working for the rapper.

Steve said: "He wanted you to stay 10 paces behind him on a city street, so obviously, if someone is gonna come up and do something, by the time I run up and try to prevent it, it would have already happened."

Steve also alleged that Kanye and Kim called photographers, insisting "there’s no way [paparazzi] don't get called upfront."

"There’s no way every time they're leaving, all these people know about it.

"There’s definitely – somebody's calling ahead. That’s just my opinion."

He also claimed that the rapper would get "mad" for Steve walking ahead of him and ruining a photographer's clear shot.

The former bodyguard continued: "Technically, I'm supposed to walk in front of you. I gotta make sure you're okay.

"He got mad at me for being in his shot. So I'm like…are you serious?

"Instead of saying thank you, he was mad at me for being in the shot."

Steve also accused Kanye of refusing to listen, claiming that the Flashing Lights star was once "intoxicated" and unable to find his room at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel.

The security team there "didn't know" who Kanye was, and there was a "language barrier," Steve said.

Steve also claimed Kanye would be "ranting and raving" because Steve did not push the elevator button.

He said: "So I said, ‘Look, bro, we can do this one of three ways. One, you could tell me what button to press, and now I’ll know.

Two, you could press the button, and I’ll see which one you press so I’ll know.

Or three, you can sit in here all day and tell me how important your time is and we are not going to go anywhere.’

Again, that was our first interaction."

Steve's comments come nearly four years after he was rumored to have been fired by Kanye for speaking to his wife Kim after the 2016 Met Gala.

He later alleged that a shocking attack on Kim in Paris during fashion week was a "publicity stunt."

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Can hope and happiness cure the incurable?

Can hope and happiness cure the incurable? Psychiatrist examines the relationship between mind and body for healing from terminal illness

  • Psychiatrist Jeffrey Rediger of Harvard Medical School, has penned a new book
  • He examines terminally ill people who’ve confounded medical science to live 
  • Author calls for Western doctors to embrace the ‘medicine of hope’ 



by Jeffrey Rediger (Penguin £16.99, 400 pp)

When Jeffrey Rediger, a psychiatrist at Harvard Medical School, began writing this compelling book about illness and wellness, he can hardly have imagined that it would have been published in the middle of a catastrophic pandemic.

Rediger offers many clinically documented examples of people stricken with terrible, often terminal, diseases and sometimes given just weeks to live, who confounded medical science and got better. He tells us how they did it, or at least how they appeared to do it.

In one way, the coronavirus makes these stories less than timely. Nobody is suggesting that changes in diet, exercise, eliminating stress, or finding love (all of which are used to explain various cases of ‘spontaneous remission’), can overwhelm the dreaded Covid-19.

Jeffrey Rediger of Harvard Medical School, explores the relationship between mind and body in a fascinating new science book (file image)

Yet in many other ways, Cured couldn’t be more timely. In this crisis, we are all thinking about our health like never before and the notion that we might, in some circumstances, be able to chase away life-threatening diseases ourselves, feels more resonant than ever.

Rediger introduces us to Claire Haser, who was 63 when, in 2008, she was diagnosed with the most aggressive form of pancreatic cancer. Told to expect no more than 12 months, she declined dangerous surgery in favour of letting ‘nature take its course’. But she resolved to focus not on dying, but on living ‘with as much zest and happiness as I could for however long I had left’. The year passed. Then another.

In 2013, she was hospitalised for a scan of her abdomen, unrelated to her cancer. Doctors were astonished to find the tumour had vanished.

Nobody knows for sure what made the tumour disappear. Diet was perhaps part of it; Claire had started eating much more healthily, but she’d altered her mindset, too, confronting certain fears and obstacles that had always held her back in life. All these factors, Rediger argues, allowed her immune system to do its job again.

Rediger has spent 17 years examining cases of spontaneous remission all over the world, looking for common ground. Many of the people he met, whose remarkable stories are explained by science as ‘flukes’ and by religion as ‘miracles’, had radically changed their lifestyles. This connection between mind and body has never been encouraged by Western cultures, but it is at the heart of Eastern medicine.

CURED by Jeffrey Rediger (Penguin £16.99, 400 pp)

Physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health are all irrevocably entwined and, just as they can combine to make us ill, so they can sometimes combine to make us better.

If you’re unconvinced by how powerful the mind can be in generating physical wellbeing, consider the placebo effect. Rediger recalls the case of a Mr Wright in 1957, who, dying from cancer of the lymph nodes, begged his doctors to try experimental drug Krebiozen.

As soon as they did, his astonished doctor reported that his tumours ‘melted like snowballs on a hot stove’. Two months later, reports circulated that this supposed miracle drug was a fake.

Mr Wright immediately relapsed, but as he lay on his deathbed, his doctor told him the reports were wrong and he had a double-strength version of the serum. He injected it. The tumours vanished again. But the doctor had injected only water.

Rediger wants Western doctors to embrace the ‘medicine of hope’.

He isn’t trying to dissuade us from seeking medical intervention. He accepts that, more often than not, there is no simple, non-medical equation; that ‘eat right’ plus ‘fall in love’ does not usually add up to a cure for cancer, or any of the other conditions that his spontaneous remission patients overcame.

But how reassuring it is, especially in these horribly uncertain times, to know that sometimes it does.

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Colton and Cassie's Relationship Basically Turned Totally Platonic

Bachelor couple Colton Underwood and Cassie Randolph recently revealed they’ve broken up (in joint Instagram statements, as ya do), and now sources are coming out of the woodwork to dish. While there are claims that Cassie and Colton ended things because she wasn’t ready for marriage, Us Weekly reports that the relationship simply fizzled into friendship.

Meanwhile, another source says that “Breaking up was not an easy decision for Colton and Cassie, but they believe it was the right decision at the end of the day. It was not something they did lightly. They had a number of conversations about their future beforehand. Now that all is said and done, they are starting a new chapter as friends.”

Welp, here’s to hoping the friendship thing goes well.

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William and Kate ‘taking legal action against Tatler over article claiming Megxit had left Duchess exhausted’ – The Sun

WILLIAM and Kate are allegedly taking legal action against Tatler after it published an article claiming she had been left exhausted as a result of Harry and Meghan quitting the royals.

According to the Mail on Sunday, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have sent legal letters to the magazine.

Last week Kensington Palace issued a statement on the Tatler article saying it “contained a swathe of inaccuracies and false representations”.

The article, written by Anna Pasternak, also makes reference to eating disorders, suggesting Kate has become “perilously thin like Princess Diana”.

Kate and William have reportedly demanded the magazine remove its online profile of Kate.

A Royal source told The Mail on Sunday: “The piece is full of lies.

“There is no truth to their claim that the Duchess feels overwhelmed with work, nor that the Duke is obsessed with Carole Middleton.

“It’s preposterous and downright wrong.

“Tatler may think it’s immune from action as it’s read by the Royals and on every coffee table in every smart home, but it makes no difference.
“It’s ironic that the Royals’ favourite magazine is being trashed by them.

“The Duchess is a naturally shy woman who is doing her best.”

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Watch Elon Musk and Jay Leno Drive Tesla's Incredibly Weird Cybertruck

Jay Leno has test driven one of the first Tesla Cybertrucks for his CNBC show Jay Leno’s Garage. And he asked a road trip buddy to ride shotgun: Tesla founder Elon Musk.

The incredibly weird, possibly genius Cybertruck won’t actually be available until late 2021—a number decided before Musk started to threaten to move his entire Tesla factory somewhere else, to be fair. But Musk guided Leno through a test drive in and around the Tesla factory grounds in Los Angeles. They summon the Cybertruck while wearing matching leather motorcycle jackets.

“I saw it on TV, I saw it at the intro, but nothing strikes you till you see it in person,” Leno tells Musk in the clip.

The Cybertruck will start at just under $40,000, which is low for a Tesla vehicle and not so far out of the range of existing conventional fuel pickup trucks. The 2020 Ford F-150, for example, starts at about $29,000.

And yes: The Cybertruck is intended to really be a truck, with a 100-cubic-foot bed. The Ford F-150 with the matching 6.5-foot bed and six-person cab jumps in price to start at about $37,000. Musk has said the Cybertruck will have options for between one and three engines, with performance specs that scale up with the number of engines.


The prototype that Leno test drives isn’t a production vehicle, and he asks Musk what will change between now and when the first production Cybertrucks roll out. “We’re 5 percent too big,” Musk says, suggesting he’d like to drop all the proportions of the vehicle that much. “It’s gotta fit in a normal garage.” Lots of small details, like the glass, will also change, he says.

“Why is it important to you that it be bulletproof?” Leno asks. “Because it’s badass,” Musk replies. “We want to be a leader in apocalypse technology.”

Last year, we worried that the Cybertruck will be incredibly heavy, especially the models with three engines and supporting battery packs. The solid steel body and bulletproof glass are in the opposite direction of where consumer car design has gone in the last 10 years, toward lighter frames and body panels.

Leno and Musk drive down into a tunnel from The Boring Company, a narrow tube of steel-reinforced concrete where Musk encourages a cautious Leno to drive faster. “Cool tunnel,” Leno says. “Just my luck, that’s when the earthquake happens.”

At the end of the tunnel is an elevator, where Musk says, “Wow, we just barely fit,” which brings home his previous comment about the truck’s dimensions—it’s not practical to need to eyeball every squeeze into a parking spot or garage.

Leno thanks Musk and says, “This is a kind of bucket list thing to get a glimpse of the future.”

From: Popular Mechanics

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