Friday, October 30, 2009

Pumpkin Dance

The Midwest must have a strange way of celebrating Halloween if this video from a Nebraska news station is any indication.  I find it more entertaining than I should, but in my defense it's hard to resist anything set to the Ghostbusters theme song.   You could stab me with a knife, and I'd be fine with it as long as it was set to that song.  Then again you might feel bad if I bleed out because then you'd be a murder.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Bad Video Games Endorsed by Athletes

Things were ridiculous in 80s and early 90s as athletes just got bags of money to endorse / throw their name on shitty video games.  The majority of these video games would not even have real players and teams as they just featured generic ones.   Of course, I always got tricked into buying most them until I finally learned better.

Here are a few of the worst:

John Elway's Quarterback

One of my first experiences that should have told me not to trust an athlete endorsed video game.  The game flat out sucked.  You were conveniently never told you couldn't use John Elway or that the game didn't have real teams or players.  Instead it was an impossible to play video game with some of the worst game play ever.  If I ever see John Elway, I'm gonna punch him in the face and get my money back.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Stalker Songs

Michelle Branch in the middle of stalking

I was going to do my own top 10 list of stalker songs but this article already does a pretty good job as it features more than a few songs I would have selected.  So instead I'll just mention some more songs in no particular order that I think sound stalkerish.

Most Radiohead songs are creepy to begin with, but this one definitely has stalker undertones in it.  Then consider the lyrics "I wish I was special, You're so f***ing special."   I could definitely see a young Thom Yorke hiding behind some bushes as he stalks some girl.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Luke Skywalker Should Have Known Better

I apologize because I'm going nerd alert in this post.  It's the part of "Star Wars" that everybody likes to forget because it's uncomfortable to think about.  If  Luke Skywalker was such a great Jedi,  then why didn't he realize he was kissing his sister Princess Leia?  Even knowing just a little bit of the Force should have told him that.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Ho White and the Seven Dwarfs

Well, Australia has done it again.  Offending people must be some sort of national past time there.  As explained by the London Telegraph (I swear I read other stuff, but they always seem to have interesting things), an Australian beer company's  provocative advertisement featuring Ho White and the Seven Dwarfs in a bed together has angered Disney.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Rio de Janeiro Just like Grand Theft Auto Video Games

I thought drug dealers only shot down police helicopters in video games, but as the London Telegraph reports, I was wrong.  Apparently this happens in the streets of Rio de Janeiro as well.

The helicopter was called in to stop a turf war between two rival drug gangs.  When the helicopter crashed,  the situation only got worse as the police struggled to contain violence on the streets which included gunshots and Molotov cocktails.

Video after the jump.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

The Douchebag App


Leave it to AMP Energy to come out with the douchiest Iphone application yet.  The London Telegraph reports that their AMP UP Before You Score app provides pick-up lines designed to help men plow (that's right I'm bringing it back) 24 different types of women including foreign exchange students, college girls, and punk girls.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Tim Tebow Over Hyped

For awhile I thought I hated University of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow until I realized something:  it's really the god like image of Tebow perpetuated by his fans and the media that I hate. 

The best comparison to Tebow fans and supporters would be Dave Matthews Band fans.  It's almost impossible to convince a DMB fan that every single song the band made isn't a piece of musical genius.  Their constant touting of the band makes you hate DMB by association even if you didn't hate DMB to begin with.

Tebow fans and the media do the same exact thing.  They want us all to believe that Tebow descended from heaven to grace us with his superhuman skills. 

Friday, October 9, 2009

Uh Australia You Can't Do Blackface

I'm not entirely sure that Australia knows what decade this is.  On an Australian variety show,  a group calling themselves the Jackson Jive performed in blackface as they parodied the Jackson Five.  CNN article goes into more detail.

Nobody seemed to notice it was wrong until guest judge Harry Connick Jr. pointed out how offensive it was.  Even worse it was suppose to be viewed as tribute to Michael Jackson and the Jackson Five.  That's like saying blasting African-Americans with a water hose is a tribute to civil rights. 

Is Australia as up to date on race relations as Eastern Europe is on popular American music?  I think 80s icon El DeBarge is still big in Eastern Europe.  Likewise,  it must take Australia decades longer to catch up to the rest of the world's standards on issues of race.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Entertaining Internet Videos

Courtesy of the London Telegraph, here are 15 entertaining internet videos featuring optical and audio illusions.  Why? Because it gives you something to do at work besides work.

The most entertaining video on this list is the right brain vs. left brain test.  The way you see the dancer spin determines which side of your brain is more dominant.  If you see the dancer spinning anti-clockwise, then you favor the left side of your brain and vice versa.    The dancer video is after the jump.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

The View-Master so Awesome

It's such a simple toy, yet so awesome.  I wish I still owned the View-Master that I had as a kid because I'd view the crap out of it.

The View-Master wasn't originally a toy though, it was created as a means for people to view tourist attractions in color and 3-D.  The US military even used it to train personnel during the early 1940s.

If you're not familiar with the View-Master,  it is a toy similar to binoculars that you load with a paper disc full of seven images which you can then view in 3-D.  A bunch of cartoon discs such as "Masters of the Universe," "Charlie Brown," and Disney characters were available as well as discs featuring scenes from television shows.  Here's an 80s commercial for it.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Fox I Know What You're Doing

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Fox has created a computer application called Virtual Echo for fans of the TV show "Dollhouse"  with Eliza Dushku's character Echo that  "entertains and interacts with the user." Are you serious Fox?   You're not fooling anyone with this.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Sesame Street Does Mad Men

Two of my favorite things together at last: Muppets and "Mad Men."  Somebody call Zack Morris because I'm so excited, I'm so excited, I'm so... scared. 

Considering Sesame Street's content limitations, they do a pretty good job with the parody.  Although it would have been cool if the Muppets were drinking cranberry juice or orange juice as a substitute for the scotch "Mad Men" characters always have in their hand.  Then again I'm not a puppeteer so I don't know how hard it is to make a Muppet hold a glass.

I wonder if the Muppet version of Betty Draper is just as mean to her kids.

More importantly, we learned that even a children's program can make a funnier  "Mad Men" parody than Saturday Night Live.