A French swimmer is racing to become the first person to swim across the Pacific. Here’s what his days in the water are like.

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More than 1,200 miles from the coast of Japan, a 51-year-old Frenchman is swimming in the Pacific Ocean right now.

Or he’s eating.

Those are pretty much the only two activities Benoît Lecomte does these days, as he attempts to become the first person to successfully swim across the Pacific Ocean.

“I wake up throughout the night because I’m hungry,” Lecomte told Business Insider by phone from the 20-meter sailboat, called Seeker, that’s traveling with him.

Lecomte set out from Japan in June, and is making his way toward California. An eight-person crew is sailing along with him, collecting data about the health of both the ocean and Lecomte along the way.

Their mission is far less concerned about crushing records than it is with breaking bad habits.

“We’re addicted to plastic,” Lecomte said. “That’s something we need to change.”

The original plan was to finish this awareness-raising swim in December, but the quest has faced some hiccups. The crew had to turn back in July and take a 20-day break when a series of strong typhoons hit the area.

Undeterred, Lecomte is back in the water now, and logging some of his longest daily swims thus far.

He said the journey hasn’t gotten easier over time, but he and the crew have developed a routine that guides their daily activity. Here’s what it’s like.

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Every day, Lecomte wakes up around 6 a.m. and prepares for another eight-hour day of swimming. He starts off with a hot bowl of oatmeal that’s “loaded with nuts and dried fruit,” he said.

Oatmeal has a high fat content, which helps keep Lecomte full while he swims in the 78-degree waters of the Pacific.

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Amid scepticism, Saudi official provides another version of Khashoggi death

RIYADH (Reuters) – As Saudi Arabia faced intensifying international skepticism over its story about the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a senior government official laid out a new version of the death inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul that in key respects contradicts previous explanations.

The latest account, provided by a Saudi official who requested anonymity, includes details on how the team of 15 Saudi nationals sent to confront Khashoggi on Oct. 2 had threatened him with being drugged and kidnapped and then killed him in a chokehold when he resisted. A member of the team then dressed in Khashoggi’s clothes to make it appear as if he had left the consulate.

After denying any involvement in the disappearance of Khashoggi, 59, for two weeks, Saudi Arabia on Saturday morning said he had died in a fistfight at the consulate. An …read more

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Brawl breaks out at Lakers home opener against Rockets

After months of waiting, LeBron James finally made his debut with the Lakers in Los Angeles on Saturday night.

Rajon Rondo, Chris Paul, Brandon Ingram fight lateHarden, Paul dominate first half

Before the fight late in the game, Harden and Paul were dominating offensively — especially in the first half.

Harden dropped 23 points, going 6-of-13 from the field, in the first half. Paul was right behind him with 19 points and seven assists.

The Lakers simply couldn’t stop the duo — who were consistently reaching the free throw line, too. Harden went 8-of-10 from the charity stripe, and Paul went 7-of-9. By comparison, the Lakers went just 4-of-7 from the free throw line as a team.

That aggressiveness kept the Rockets out in front at the break, sending them to the locker room with a slight 66-62 lead.

The Lakers’ balanced box score

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Flatworms fence with their penises and other gross science facts

It sounds like something out of a filthy fairy tale: the mountain tree shrew visits certain species of pitcher plant to grab a bite of nectar, and poop into the plant’s commode-shaped cup. These plants appear to have evolved so that their openings fit perfectly under the tree shrew’s behind, and they’re sturdy enough to support the animal’s weight.

It’s a crappy relationship, in the sense that the pitcher plant is actually crapped on — but the pitcher plant gets nutrients out of the deal by extracting them from the shrew’s feces. “Everything that led up to that is amazing,” says Ethan Kocak, illustrator of the new book True or Poo? The Definitive Field Guide to Filthy Animal Facts and Falsehoods. The book, which hits shelves in the US on…

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