The Supreme Court ruled Monday that even trademarks considered to be derogatory deserve First Amendment protection. The decision was a victory for an Asian-American dance rock band dubbed The Slants — and, in all likelihood, for the Washington Redskins, whose trademarks were cancelled in 2014 following complaints from Native Americans. The Slants won support during their court fight from both liberal and conservative groups, ranging from the American Civil Liberties Union to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
"It offends a bedrock First Amendment principle: Speech may not be banned on the ground that it expresses ideas that offend," Justice Samuel Alito wrote for a unanimous court. If the federal registration of a trademark makes the mark government speech, the federal government is babbling prodigiously and incoherently," Alito said. "It is saying many unseemly things. It is expressing contradictory views. It is unashamedly endorsing a vast array of commercial products and services. And it is providing Delphic advice to the consuming public."
While defending the First Amendment's freedom of speech protection, the justices did not remove all discretion from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. But they raised the bar for trademark denials so that names deemed to be offensive can survive. The Supreme Court has upheld negative speech in recent years, even when it involved distasteful protests at military funerals or disgusting "animal crush" videos. But last year, it allowed Texas to ban specialty license plates featuring the Confederate flag because it was considered a form of government speech.
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With 89 million views (including 19 million from NBA Finals viewers), the trailer earned its spot as Marvel’s third-most-watched trailer, following just behind Thor: Ragnarok and Captain America: Civil War. The trailer also cracked the top ten most-watched trailers in 24 hours of any film, per THR. The teaser was also pretty much all anyone was talking about on Twitter after its debut, overshadowing even the NBA championship game it premiered during, with 349,000 mentions within 24 hours and starting the hashtag #BlackPantherSoLit.
Black Panther hits theaters Feb. 16, 2018.
“Mr. Trump, I love your presidency, I call it ‘Disgrace the Nation,’ ” Mr. Colbert said. “You’re not the POTUS, you’re the ‘bloat-us.’ You’re the glutton with the button. You’re a regular ‘Gorge Washington.’ You’re the presi-dunce but you’re turning into a real p–k-tator. […] In fact, the only thing your mouth is good for is being Vladimir Putin’s c—k holster.”
The comedian’s audience wildly cheered, although political commentators said the host would likely be fired if he were a Republican.
“In case you thought the dialogue in our country couldn’t get worse — or more crude,” tweeted Ari Fleischer. “This is awful.”
“Homophobia for the right cause, with the right targets, is good homophobia, apparently,” added The Intercept’s Glen Greenwald.
“This would be a fireable offense in better times,” the Washington Examiner’s T. Becket Adams tweeted. “Worst thing about many Trump critics is they use him as an excuse to act as awful or worse.”
A small yellow robot submarine, called Boaty McBoatface after a competition to name a new polar research ship backfired, is being sent on its first Antarctic mission. Boaty, which has arguably one of the most famous names in recent maritime history, is a new type of autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV), which will be able to travel under ice, reach depths of 6,000 metres, and transmit the data it collects to researchers via a radio link.
A Chinese zoo has not named its new baby gorilla 'Harambe McHarambeface' despite reports that swept the internet that the name had won an online naming poll. According to the story, which first appeared on the recently launched Boston Leader news website, pranksters had reportedly hijacked Jinhua Zoo's online poll making sure Harambe McHarambeface won with 93 percent of the vote. After the story went viral, Chinese media responded by stating neither Jinhua Zoo's website or social media accounts do not mention gorillas, let alone an online competition to name a newborn.
Earlier this month, Philadelphia Zoo announced it was running a public vote to name its new baby gorilla. However, following thousands on Twitter calling for it to be named Harambe, the zoo decided to not included it on the list of names people could choose from.
Neil Fingleton, who played the colossal warrior Mag the Mighty on “Game of Thrones,” died from heart failure on Saturday. He was 36. Fingleton was the U.K.’s tallest man at seven feet, seven inches in height. In addition to “Thrones,” Fingleton appeared in “Doctor Who,” Avengers: Age of Ultron,” and “X-Men: First Class.” His death was announced Sunday by Tall Person Club’s Facebook page. Before joining the entertainment industry, Fingleton was a professional basketball player having been drafted by the NBA and also played for the University of North Carolina.
Despite early rumblings that Fyre Festival had run out of money and artists were not being paid, a nebulous, vague list of performers that seemed to change from moment to moment, alleged weird behavior from promoters, and changing last-minute itineraries, the festival was supposed to be in full swing by Thursday.
The “private” island turned out to be a small wedge of public island right next to a Sandals resort. Staff was inadequate or missing altogether, while performing artists didn’t show up. “The disorganization consumed me,” one attendee wrote. Headliner Blink 182 canceled on Thursday. The gourmet food turned out to be cafeteria-level or worse. The bar had no beer. The security lockers had no locks. And the “modern geodesic domes” and “luxury tents” were soggy, wet disaster-relief tents.
Ironically, an early advertisement for Fyre Festival that showed models like Bella Hadid and Hailey Baldwin prancing on the beach started with a voiceover that said, "The actual experience exceeds our expectations."
'McCain Foods USA, Inc. announced today it is voluntarily recalling retail, frozen hash brown products that may be contaminated with extraneous golf ball materials, that despite our stringent supply standards may have been inadvertently harvested with potatoes used to make this product. Consumption of these products may pose a choking hazard or other physical injury to the mouth.'
Apparently the farm that supplies the potatoes that get turned into hash browns is a little too close to a driving range, causing a number of golf balls to be “farmed” along with the potatoes. So many of them were involved that it forced a product recall affected a number of products.
With Get Out, Jordan Peele has made history as the first black writer-director to gross $100 million with their debut film. Get Out, which was made with a relatively slim $4 million budget, has garnered rave reviews from critics and attained the coveted 100 percent on Rotten Tomatoes (before someone had to ruin it and give it a single Rotten score, pulling it down to 99 percent, but we’re just going to ignore that). In an interview with IndieWire, Peele said, “I’ve been working on these premises about these different social demons, these innately human monsters that are woven into the fabric of how we think and how we interact, and each one of my movies is going to be about a different one of these social demons.”
April Fools' Prank: Burger King cooked up a whopper of a different sort in 1998, but that didn't mean fast-food customers were any less willing to swallow it. In a full-page ad in USA Today, Burger King announced a solution for the 1.4 million left-handed customers visiting their restaurants every day: the Left-Handed Whopper. Burger King said all the condiments were rotated 180° to suit the left-handed burger connoisseur. Southpaws eagerly tried to order the burger the next day, but they had to wait in line behind right-handed folks equally caught up with making sure they got the correct Whopper. The thought that a burger is basically, you know, a circle apparently never crossed their minds.
After seven seasons, NBC's summer reality competition series American Ninja Warrior crowned its first-ever winner during Monday's three-hour season finale. But that wasn't the only excitement. Geoff Britten becomes the first person to defeat Mount Midoriyama, but Isaac Caldiero beats his time on Stage 4 to take home the $1 million prize. The season featured a record eight people completing the nearly impossible Stage 2 of the finals and saw many veteran ninjas eliminated. Only Britten, a second year ninja, and Caldiero, in his third year, made it to Mount Midoriyama.
"Winning this event always seemed impossible," Caldiero said. "As the first American Ninja Warrior, I want to use this opportunity to inspire the world to find your impossible and conquer it."
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The site is a project by Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya, a designer who studied neuroscience at Columbia University and conducted Alzheimer’s Disease research at Columbia Medical Center. It’s based on the Oblique Strategies cards, a deck of cards created in the 70s by musician Brian Eno. The deck was designed to encourage lateral thinking to help artists beat creative blocks. When you think about the questions and ideas presented, you switch gears, which makes it easier to break out of a rut.
Here it is, folks. 2016 in a nutshell... pic.twitter.com/kEGv7W8unb— eBaum's World (@ebaumsworld) December 15, 2016
"Ah, Negan. He's certainly been one of the most divisive villains in the history of The Walking Dead, having personally taken out three Alexandrians this season alone (and orchestrated the murder of a fourth). However, having already survived two assassination attempts (nods to Carl and Rosita), it seems Negan is not a man you can take down easily, and - with Jeffrey Dean Morgan confirmed for season 8 - it seems we'll be stuck with the enigmatic bat-swinging villain for a long time to come. Which is good news for the critics, who love Negan so much that they've already given him an award. At last night's Critics Choice Awards, Jeffrey Dean Morgan won the gong for Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series."
“God. When I am closing my eyes, I am seeing the rainy season in my village. You can be finding the ground is washing away beneath your feet. Nothing is ever for sure and everything is always changing,” Agu says.
This is the story of a war-torn Africa told in Cary Joji Fukunaga’s adaptation of Uzodinma Iweala’s novel “Beasts of No Nation” on Netflix. The film is as powerful as it is disturbing, with amazing performances and high points that will leave any audience member gasping.
600 crew members. 500 extras. 70 horses. 25 days of filming. God knows how many tens of millions of dollars (HBO still hasn’t said). “Battle of the Bastards,” all told, is likely the most extravagant, expensive episode of television ever made… but holy hell, it was worth it. The penultimate installment of Game of Thrones’ sixth season features the best, most engrossing on-screen battle since Helm’s Deep in Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. Director Miguel Sapochnik—who deserves every carat of his Emmy—eschews any semblance of the nobility that too often accompany thoughts of medieval warfare, instead giving us horrifying amounts of gore and vicarious asphyxiation as Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and his Northmen get crushed between a wall of Ramsay Bolton’s (Iwan Rheon) shields and a pile of dead bodies.
South Park fans can be forgiven for assuming that the larger-than-life "Disneyland of Mexican restaurants" filled with cliff divers, a haunted cave and endless sopaipillas featured in the "Casa Bonita" episode was a fantastical creation of Parker and Stone. But Casa Bonita is all too real; its cartoonish glory has enlivened West Colfax Avenue since 1974. The joint is so full of outlandish spectacle, it's no wonder Cartman nearly kills his classmate Butters so he can take his place at Kyle's birthday party at the restaurant. You'd surely do the same, all the while singing Cartman's favorite song: "Casa Bonita! Casa Bonita! Food and fun in a festive atmosphere!"
"It was Augustus Owsley Stanley III, a.k.a. Bear's acid that helped create what was going on at all these iconic countercultural events. When Bear heard the Grateful Dead perform for the first time in 1966, he knew they were going to be bigger than the Beatles. He became their sound guy, their benefactor, and he paid to take them to Los Angeles to be a part of Kesey's acid tests. Most of the people who were at the Human Be-In [a 1967 concert/event that aimed to join together various sects of the counterculture movement] were tripping on a brand new batch of acid he created called White Lightning. The first batch he ever created consisted of 800,000 doses, an extraordinary amount. At the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival, there was another new batch he created called Monterey Purple. He gave his acid to Pete Townsend of the Who, who had taken LSD before, but nothing like what Bear gave him. Townsend said the stuff was so powerful that he didn't take acid again for 18 years.
John Lennon also sent a cameraman to Monterey with the express purpose of bringing back enough Owsley acid to last him a lifetime. Lennon was terrified he wasn't going to have enough acid for the rest of his life, and he only wanted to take Owsley's acid, which Bear gave him packed in a lens case. The Beatles then tripped for the next three weeks and it led to the creation of the Magical Mystery Tour album and the movie. A couple nights later in San Francisco at Fillmore West, he gave Jimi Hendrix the acid, too."
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A stuntman has successfully jumped the Snake River Canyon in a tribute to his boyhood idol Evel Knievel https://t.co/1bv5yBCJW1— Sky News (@SkyNews) September 17, 2016
"The statement I make is equally as important as the actions that people see on the outside. In other words, if it were tragic, yeah, okay, that’s sad, but how tragic is it that I went after chasing something noble? How tragic is it that I went out doing as a stuntman the biggest stunt that one could dream of? As tragic as it is, it’s still kind of noble that you didn’t die because you were running from something that you were scared of... Wow, there is one true American, doing something nearly impossible. In the face of fears, he rose to the occasion. That’s impactful. And he didn’t do it for money. He didn’t do it for fame."
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Earlier this month, the original KAT site went down after alleged founder Artem Vaulin was arrested. Soon after the most popular torrent site disappeared, genuine mirrors and fake sites quickly sprang up to take its place. One apparently legitimate mirror was kickasstorrents.website, which came online courtesy of an isohunt member’s handiwork. It no longer works. Another alternative was kat.am, referred to by many as the “official” reincarnation of the original KickassTorrents site. It too has died.
But the owner of kat.am has already launched two replacements: kickass.cd and kickass.mx. And, in contrast to other mirror sites, new torrents are being added frequently. Another alternative is kickass.la.
“We are not worried, because if it’s not us, someone else will keep the game running,” the owner told TorrentFreak. “If not the alleged owner, it can be us. If we are not there, still there will surely be someone else. This never ends.”
By García’s count, there are already more than a thousand named characters in “A Song of Ice and Fire,” although many of them are mentioned only in passing. Martin was startled by the size of García’s census, but he enjoys being surprised by his own work. He thinks of himself as a “gardener”—he has a rough idea where he’s going but improvises along the way. He sometimes fleshes out only as much of his imaginary world as he needs to make a workable setting for the story. Tolkien was what Martin calls an “architect.” Tolkien created entire languages, mythologies, and histories for Middle-earth long before he wrote the novels set there. Martin told me that many of his fans assume that he is as meticulous a world-builder as Tolkien was. “They write to say, ‘I’m fascinated by the languages. I would like to do a study of High Valyrian’ “—an ancient tongue. “ ‘Could you send me a glossary and a dictionary and the syntax?’ I have to write back and say, ‘I’ve invented seven words of High Valyrian.’"
"Today, that news has been confirmed, and with the U.S. Department of Justice’s blessing. Anheuser-Busch InBev will purchase SABMiller for a whopping $107 billion. According to UpRoxx, the DOJ stipulates that SABMiller must “spin-off” its current U.S. brands and will have to cede all international rights of Miller Brands.
Meanwhile, Anheuser-Busch InBev must stop any and all attempts to halt distributors from selling other craft brands with incentive programs, and must inform the DOJ of any further acquisitions of other beer distributors, including craft beer breweries. This aspect is actually positive news for the U.S. craft beer industry."
At a premiere event earlier this week in Hollywood, Game of Thrones showrunner Dan Weiss revealed that President Obama is the only person outside of HBO who will see advance screenings of new episodes. That means those who traditionally view them — mainly journalists, industry folk, and the occasional fan group — have no choice but to wait. Why did Obama get these highly coveted assets? "He's the leader of the free world," Weiss told the crowd. "When the commander-in-chief says, 'I want to see advanced episodes,' what are you gonna do?"
Selling a used, black-and-white printer through Craigslist seemed simple and straightforward to Doug Costello. It wasn't. He would find himself liable for about $30,000 in damages. He would pay a lawyer at least $12,000 in his battle to escape the legal mess.
"What kind of reality am I in now?" Costello said of the ruling. "I don't know what's going on. Why don't I know what's going on?"
And it all started with a piece of hardware he sold online for about $40 in 2009. With shipping and other costs, the total was less than $75, according to court records. Costello, who owns a forensic accounting business, appealed the ruling. On March 23, the appeals court issued a sharply worded 13-page opinion in his favor. The $30,000 in damages "had no basis in reality," Chief Judge Nancy Vaidik wrote. Zavodnik misused the Indiana trial rule, which was meant to more quickly and efficiently reach a resolution, Vaidik wrote. The appeals court ordered the trial court to hold a hearing to determine whether the case should be dismissed "based on Zavodnik's repeated, flagrant, and continuing failure to comply with Indiana's rules of procedure."
"From the high fantasy of “Game of Thrones” to the zombies of “The Walking Dead,” some of the most acclaimed shows on television are classic nerd fare... CBS’s “The Big Bang Theory,” a show centered on a geeky pair of roommates and their hot-girl neighbor, is television’s highest-rated sitcom, drawing nearly 9 million viewers to last week’s episode — which was a rerun. Science-fiction and fantasy films — such as 2012’s $1.5 billion-grossing “Marvel’s The Avengers” and this summer’s “Iron Man 3,” which grossed $1 billion in just four weeks, and the coming-soon “Man of Steel” — are the blockbusters that Hollywood looks to for financial salvation. Video games, once relegated to basements and arcades, are a $25 billion global industry"
"Andrew J. Beveridge, an associate professor of mathematics at Macalester College, and Jie Shan, an intrepid undergraduate, decided to turn the world of the Game of Thrones books into a social network using network science, a branch of applied graph theory that draws from several disciplines, including economics, sociology, and, computer science, to examine how information flows from one thing to another.
The pair started by connecting characters every time they “interacted” in the third book of the series, A Storm of Swords. Whenever two characters appeared within 15 words of one another, a link (or “edge”) was added between them. The links are weighted based on how often the two characters appeared in close proximity. Characters don’t necessarily have to be friends to be linked—which is a good thing because there are few true friendships in the series."
The basic plot schematics seem designed to lead to the assumption that the Others want to conquer all of humanity and destroy the world, as befits the villain of a fantasy epic. However, Martin has said that "the idea of the Dark Lord and his Evil Minions ... has not served the genre well" and "ultimately the battle between good and evil is weighed within the individual human heart and not necessarily between an army of people dressed in white and an army of people dressed in black." There is a lot of evidence of that worldview in Martin's treatment of plots far away from the Wall, where the tangled political machinations in King's Landing and Meereen don't offer black-and-white narratives, but the Others do seem like a clear case of Dark Lord and Evil Minions.
Once a comedian reaches a place where they’re well known and selling shows because of their name, it becomes harder to gauge whether a joke does well because of that name or because it’s a good joke. Kinane hits upon the catch-22 many comedians face at a certain point in their career. “You do all these jokes about how life is shitty and you’re not getting anywhere with comedy,” he says, “and it’s so raw and it’s just this outlet you need to have because you’re a loser, and then you complain about that stuff well enough that you do get paid, and you’re not broke anymore, and you’re happy, and then you have nothing to talk about onstage. You’ve performed yourself out of a job.”
"So I did this joke I said, “Round of applause if you think Edward Snowden is a hero.” And you just got a little trickle of applause. And then I go, “Round of applause if you think that he is a traitor?” I got a little trickle of applause. And then I said, “Round of applause if you didn’t applaud because you’re maneuvering for a political position and you don’t know who’s around you and you don’t want to reveal how you feel about this situation.” And everybody starting applauding and laughing and clapping and stuff like that. And then I was like, “Come on guys! Live your lives! What are you doing?” And I thought that it was very telling of D.C. and of trying to do political stand-up."
"According to a Nielsen estimate, 7.9 million people watched the season 6 premiere live on television. However, if you count those who watched it over the course of three days, that number climbs to 9.5 million. Add in HBO Go and HBO Now, and that number easily climbs past 10.7 million.
That makes this the most watched Game of Thrones episode ever, eclipsing the season five finale’s 10.3 million viewers. It also places it far ahead of last year’s season five premiere, which attracted a whopping 9.8 million viewers. Apparently Targaryens aren’t the only ones who dig Blood and Fire. In fact, HBO is so confident in its show that the channel has already renewed Game of Thrones for season seven, to air in 2017."
The Walking Dead mid-season finale drew 18.3 million viewers and a huge 9.3 rating in the coveted 18-49 demographic. As far as this show is concerned, status quo is a big victory—by the numbers, it’s already the most popular cable TV show in history, and is routinely one of the most-watched shows in the country. As far as cable is concerned, only ESPN’s Monday Night Football can hold a candle—and even there, TWD routinely wins in the 18-49 demo.
“I watched Everest, and I can see how people might misconstrue his character. He comes on strong. And because most people don’t have the balls to have an opinion, it’s hard for some to handle those who do.”
So if people think he’s a jerk after watching Everest, Jon Krakauer says, so be it. It comes with the job. He’s written about people who thought they were conveyed inappropriately, too. But he wants one thing to remain clear: Summitting the mountain isn’t a point of pride — it’s a regret. “Everest is not real climbing. It’s rich people climbing. It’s a trophy on the wall, and they’re done,” he says. “When I say I wish I’d never gone, I really mean that.”
Micronations, sometimes also referred to as model countries and new country projects, are small, self-proclaimed entities that claim to be independent sovereign states but which are not acknowledged as such by any recognised sovereign state, or by any supranational organization. They should not be confused with microstates, which are recognised independent states of a small size, nor should they be confused with unrecognised states, which may have legitimate claim to sovereign state status.
Political Drinking Games: Rolling Stone came up with this one for the GOP debates last month, but a variation should work through the whole election season. With rules like “Drink the first time a candidate mentions Benghazi” or promises to “take America back,” you’ll be drunk in no time. There’s also a similar game out there for the State of the Union.
"[The Walking Dead] Season 5 for a good while now, humans have been the bigger threat. At the start of our next season, that will change. I said the show reinvents itself every 8 episodes, and we’re doing it again, friendos. Now that these characters know they have what it takes to survive, what are they going to do with that power? How will they choose to live? Beyond answering those questions, we’re currently putting into motion some of our most ambitious stuff yet, and things are going to get very big, loud and scary."
Londoners, instead of drinking alcohol, why don’t you just inhale it? Bompas & Parr's new pop-up bar – called Alcoholic Architecture – allows customers to get drunk by breathing in and absorbing booze through their skin and eyes. Located in Borough Market, Alcoholic Architecture is a “fully immersive alcohol environment” where customers inhale and absorb vaporized spirits and mixers at a ratio of 1:3 in an enclosed space. According to Bompas & Parr's website, “the cocktail cloud is made using powerful humidifiers to super-saturate the air.”
"This may have been a foregone conclusion, but it’s worth reporting anyway: Stephen Colbert’s first Late Show drew terrific ratings for CBS, to the tune of 6.6 million viewers. That’s more than double Jimmy Fallon’s 2.92 million on NBC, and triple what Jimmy Kimmel mustered (1.75 million) on ABC."
"We may not have free healthcare. We may not have any sort of rational firearms regulation. But, by God, we have a president who isn’t afraid of going on national TV and eat a partially-chewed salmon."
"Buoyed by superb DVD sales and the overall success of the Adult Swim brand, the duo got to make a movie based on the show. Before it ever came out Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters was overshadowed by a bit of guerilla marketing gone wrong. Lite-Brite displays featuring the show’s Mooninite characters were installed throughout a number of major cities, and in Boston they were mistaken for possible explosive devices. City streets and subways were shut down as the police searched for all of the devices, and the local artists who were hired to put them throughout the city were arrested."
"The Season 5 debut of The Walking Dead pulled in 17.3 million total viewers on Sunday at 9 PM with 11 million among adults 18-49. NBC's Sunday Night Football had 7.64 million viewers in the key demo between 8:30 and 11 PM last night. Last season, The Walking Dead not only proved the most successful nonsports show on TV among the 18-49s but actually beat the NFL twice and the Winter Olympics three weeks in a row."
"The network has handed out a hefty put-pilot commitment to single-camera comedy DeTour, inspired by the life of Rivers Cuomo, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Based on a pitch from Psych creator Steve Franks, DeTour is described as a coming-of-age story that's slightly out of sequence."
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"In 2010, a study published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General showed that women find men more sexually desirable if they're wearing red. According to the study, done by researchers at the University of Rochester, the rosy hue is associated with power and status.
"We found that women view men in red as higher in status, more likely to make money and more likely to climb the social ladder," said Andrew Elliot, professor of psychology at the University of Rochester. "And it's this high-status judgment that leads to the attraction." The study explains that red has traditionally been a part of the regalia of the wealthy and powerful, and that biologically, red is an indicator of male dominance amongst non-human primates."
"Like "hipster" and "douchebag," the word "bro" has been applied to such a vast swath of American culture that it seems no one is really sure what it means anymore. Turns out, much of that confusion can be attributed to the fact that a bro is different depending on where in the Bronited States of Bromerica you're currently bro'ing down."
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"Blockbuster stores can now enjoy a pleasant retirement among old friends like the 8-track, telephone booth and the Encyclopædia Britannica."
"If you weren’t able to power past those first few episodes, then experiencing the past month’s barrage of Breaking Bad tweets, articles, water cooler conversations, and mash-up videos taunting you with praise for a show that you just didn’t get has to have been a nuisance."
"The Daily Show's decade-long winning streak came to an end at Sunday's 65th Primetime Emmys when The Colbert Report took home the Emmy for Outstanding Variety Series. After receiving seven previous nominations in that category, the eighth time was the charm as Colbert and his team accepted the award."
"The highly-anticipated Grand Theft Auto V has crossed the $1 billion threshold after being on sale for just three days. On its first day on shelves, the fifth installment of the 16-year-old franchise made $800 million.
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"The People's Daily ran a 55-page photo spread on its website Tuesday in a tribute to the round-faced leader, under the headline 'North Korea's top leader named The Onion's Sexiest Man Alive for 2012.'"
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"Catarina Migliorini, a 20-year-old Brazilian college student who wants to make a "positive impact on the world," has found a curious way of doing it: Auctioning her virginity online. The winning bid of $780,000 was made by a Japanese man named Natsu, and Migliorini will reportedly donate the bulk of the money to a Brazilian initiative that builds homes for poverty stricken families."
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Yes means anal!"
"Hakanoa's director is quoted as saying: 'Parents of ginger children have a pretty tough lot in life. From the sympathetic glances, to the smirks to the feelings of shame, there's a lot for them to bear.'"
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"Not that Paul Verhoeven is in the upper echelon either, but at least the Dutch filmmaker had established a string of quality work... His Hollywood arrival marked more mainstream work, from Robocop (1987) to Basic Instinct (1992) to Starship Troopers (1997), but they were still raw, sexual and creative, with consistent author trademarks."
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"Fifty Shades of Grey, a novel about bondage, wild sex and yes, love, has been called "mommy porn" because of its popularity among middle-aged women. It has become so well-known that "Saturday Night Live" performed a skit about it, joking that a Kindle with "Fifty Shades" uploaded on it was the perfect Mother's Day gift."
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"Last year in the U.S., roughly a million people signed up for events in the four most popular series: Spartan Race, Tough Mudder, Warrior Dash, and Muddy Buddy. None are more than ten years old, but already there’s talk of world domination in the air."
"The first survey finds that only about 1 percent of children 17 and younger have texted explicitly pornographic images. That’s a significantly lower percentage than previous studies have found, such as one that reported as many as 20 percent of kids participate in sexting."
"Fittingly for a show with so much Internet-friendly comedy — pop-culture allusions, sight-gag Easter eggs, and hyperaware self-commentary — Community has attracted a spazzily enthusiastic online following. After every episode, the web is besieged with tributes and exegeses in the form of recaps, animated GIFs, and arcana-packed Tumblr pages."
Anthony Bourdain: "I’m well aware of how unique a situation that is and how lucky I am. And, of course, I’m milking it for everything I can."
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"In April, hackers broke into Sony's PlayStation Network and stole data from more than 77 million accounts. That attack was considered the biggest in internet history and led to Sony shutting down the PlayStation Network and other services for almost a month."
"Within 24 hours of going on sale, Call of Duty: Black Ops sold more than 5.6 million copies in the U.S. and U.K., breaking the record set by its predecessor Modern Warfare 2 by some 900,000 copies."
"AMC's The Walking Dead premiere ratings were enormous: The 90-minute Halloween night debut delivered 5.3 million viewers and a 3.3 adults 18-49 rating. That's the largest demo audience for any series premiere on any cable network this year, and the highest numbers for any series in AMC's history."
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