Briefly: Deadly Olympics, Tesla Model X Hands-On, Splits Hacker

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Brief news items of note for Lifehacker readers, including: Why the Joker in The Dark Knight was the ultimate Batman villain, the insanely dangerous Olympic marathon that almost killed multiple athletes, how to do the splits.

  • The 1904 Olympic marathon was essentially The Hunger Games. Conducted in 30 degree heat, over half of the athletes didn't finish, there were multiple near-fatalities and one contestant was chased for a mile by ravenous dogs. Head to Gizmodo for the full history lesson.
  • Today, Tesla starts selling the Model X in Australia. It’s a $130,000-plus all-electric SUV that seats up to seven adults in comfort, can travel nearly 550km on a single charge, and can accelerate up to 100km/h in just over 3 seconds. Gizmodo recently spent some time inside one: here are their first impressions.
  • Heath Ledger’s depiction of the Joker in The Dark Knight was an iconic performance. His character was also the most perfect antagonist there’s ever been for Batman (or maybe, for any superhero). This video explains how the movie nailed his character perfectly.
  • Popsugar Health & Fitness has shirtless photos of Zac Efron working out. We thought some of you might want to know.
  • The Victorian government has announced it would legalise ride-sharing services in the state and compensate drivers with a $378 million relief package. Business Insider looks at other industries that deserve 'disruption compensation'.
  • If you've always wanted to do a split, you need flexible hips and hamstrings. Practice these nine stretches, and you'll soon be on your way.

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