Friday, August 30, 2013

This Abandoned House Is Straight Out Of A Horror Movie

Hey Hollywood, whenever you make that inevitable next ghost movie, you can consider your next location already found. This incredibly creepy house is straight off of a movie screen as is, and if you told me it was haunted I would believe you.

Care to spend the night?

This abandoned German home, that has sat for 20 years after it's previous owner, a doctor, (perhaps an insane doctor?) left it the way it is has been photographed by Dan Marbaix.

Marbaix is a photographer who is fascinated by urban decay, and has even collected a book on the subject called State of Decay. Judging from the photos below, he may have found his masterpiece.

Enjoy his work? You can find more of it, including more photos from this house, on his Flickr.

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Clever Man Turns The Tables On Telemarketers, Charges Them To Call

Sometimes people who cheat the system do so in unsavory or unfair ways to their advantage, making them hardly an example to admire. Seldom though, an amazing individual figures out a way to goose the systems at their disposal, to create something that is definitely admirable.

 Lee Beaumont is a person of the latter disposition, for what he did to the telemarketers who unceasingly bothered him with calls. Beaumont figured if he couldn't ever hope to get rid of them all, he would find a way to make them enjoyable, and that's just what he did.

Any telemarketer who happens to call Beaumont looking to sell him insurance or a new security system  is charged 16 cents a minute to have the privilege of speaking to him.

Oh by all means, please do tell me all about this amazing deal. Take all the time you need.

How did he pull this off? It's actually even better once you realize how simple it was, he merely set up his landline phone as a premium hotline. So now every time he receives a call from a sales rep, they are calling the exclusive Lee Beaumont sales line, and it is gonna cost them.

The Leeds, England native set up a new number for his hotline through Phone Pay Plus to begin the process. He then even took it one step further by giving out this number to every telemarketer service he could think of. Banks, public utilities, any marketer who asks for his personal information, they all get the hotline, and they all call.

In speaking with BBC Radio 4, he mentioned he keeps a separate line from the hotline for personal calls:

"I don't use my normal Leeds number for anyone but friends and family."

Phone Pay Plus, after being informed of Beaumont's clever antics by BBC Radio offered a statement saying that it "would strongly discourage any listeners from adopting this idea, as they will be liable under our code for any breaches and subsequent fines that result."

Since installing the hotline in November of 2011, Beaumont has cleared a very cool $465 in money due to people calling in to try and sell him things.

Beaumont insists that every telemarketer who calls is informed of the charges to speak to him, and they are fine with it. The irony of it is that now he is finally receiving less calls, after the companies realize that they will be charged every time. Beaumont even admits he loves the calls now, and encourages every company willing to do so.

We salute you sir.

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Man Shoots Drug Wrapped Arrow At Jail In Smuggling Attempt

Looks like Robin Hood has fallen on some hard times. Must be hard to believe that a plan like this even had a chance of not working right? At least I guess that's what a Washington man believed when he fired an arrow wrapped with a bag of weed and a heretofore unknown white substance at the second floor screened in window of the Whatcom County jail's recreation area on Tuesday morning. You gotta admit, points for originality.

I miss one time and now they're on to me. 
The would be archer missed his target and the arrow landed on the prison's roof, where it was discovered in no time at all.

After receiving an anonymous tip from a witness, the Whatcom County Sheriff's Deputies showed up at the home of David Wayne Jordan, and found the bow he used still in his truck.

When asked about the bow and wayward arrow, Jordan admitted to shooting the arrow but claimed he was hunting a squirrel. Because of course he did.

Uh, see if I shot a squirrel, I wanted it to be able to get high before it died...just take me to jail.
Sheriff Bil Elfo, in speaking to the Bellingham Herald, said:

"He had no explanation as to why squirrel hunting requires attaching marijuana to an arrow." 
Elfo added that to hit his mark, Jordan would have had to shot the arrow at a "perfect angle" to get it inside the prison's screen area.

Jordan was arrested by the deputies, and had just last Friday been released from the very same prison that he had tried to shoot with his bow this week.  That evening he was charged with introducing contraband to a corrections facility in the third degree, obstructing law enforcement, and resisting arrest.

You can't make this stuff up.

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Japan Has Stepped Their Prank Game Up, Dinosaur Style

There's putting a bucket of water over a door frame, filling someone's room with packing peanuts, wrapping someone's car in saran wrap; these are all adequate pranks, as long as you don't live in Japan. Because in Japan, they have effectively raised the prank bar to a dizzying new height. The prank in question that has achieved this honor? How about making someone think that they are being chased by an actual dinosaur? 

This is your life. You are playing the part of Jeff Goldblum, only this time it isn't awesome.

Well that's just what they did on this Japanese game/variety show. One moment the unsuspecting man is returning from what looks to be a pleasant shopping trip. The next, he finds himself on the wrong end  of a lethal experiment on nature's food chain.

As I watched the video below I couldn't help but ask two questions:

  1. How close was this man to having a heart attack?
  2. Did he urinate on himself?
Check it out:

Now I know what you are thinking, what about the obvious human legs sticking out of the thing? To that I say, the damn face sure as hell looks like a dinosaur. I don't blame the guy, I wouldn't take the time to give the thing a good once over with the ole' eyeballs, I would have got the hell out. That is, as long as I didn't have a heart attack right there.

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Lillian Powers Is A 12-Year Old Vine Master

The world of 6 second videos on Vine has quickly become not only a place for your friends to act like fools, but a legitimate outlet for creative, hilarious people. People like Brittany Furlan and Dirt Nasty have used their small window of filming time to the absolute limit, producing moving jokes that almost never cease to entertain. However, on the Vine hilarity scene, one 12-year old girl from Birmingham, Michigan is absolutely killing it. Her name is Lillian Powers, and since June 11 she has posted 95 Vines that are composed of the kind of awkward, absurd, downright funny things that only a clever young person could think of.

If this is how she spent her summer vacation, I say time well spent.
Her bio:

I'm 12 years young. Going into the 7th grade. I just have fun with my Vines.

One of her best ideas? A series she has titled "random shoutout" where she yells randomly in a public space and catches the reactions of those around her. Check it out:

Here's another one:

This one is called "I don't know this person LOL." It's also great.

Here she is giving returning the favor to her cat:

She even has a great sense of self awareness and satire:

As you can clearly see, she has already found her medium at 12, and it is a beautiful thing. Just make it through high school without losing this magic and you will be on your way. Don't ever stop Lillian, you are on track to be the best adult.

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

People Have Transformed Water Towers Into Incredible Homes

It makes sense, when places get too crowded on the ground there's only two options, up or down. But bunker/missile silo homes are so 90's, so some clever builders have come up with a new venue for amazing homes, the now useless water towers in many cities and towns that no longer need to store water.

Proving again that if you give an architect a cool structure, no matter what it may be, they will make you a cool house out of it. Provided you don't mind walking up a bunch of stairs every day of course.

Here is a collection of some of the most interesting examples from around the globe.

The 130 ft. high Munstead Water Tower, near Guilford, United Kingdom:

Erected in 1898, the brick tower was used for 70 years. In 1989 it was purchased by Elspeth Beard from Elspeth Beard Architects and renovated. There are now 88 steps leading to the kitchen, 116 to the living room, and 142 to the roof.

This might be the actual Batcave, if instead it was a water tower. Either way this house in Joachimstal, Germany would do Bruce Wayne proud.

Transformed from a skeletal tower into a six-story transparent house, designed by Jo Crepain in Antwerp, Belgium between 1991 and 1996.

Umbau Water Tower, in Essen-Bredeney, Germany. Transformed into an eight-story building by MAKADO Architects in 2002.

Chateau d'Eau in Steenokkerzeel, Belgium, built during WWII. Renovated by Bham Design in 2007.

There you have it. Happen to have a wad of cash and an extra water tower around you? Then you can have a pretty sweet house, and keep in shape while moving around inside it.

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Man Sneezes While Hunting Raccoon, Accidentally Shoots Himself

Here is a free tip to any potential hunters out there, when you go out make sure you bring your allergy medicine. Some advice that a hunter from Connecticut most definitely wishes he had followed after an ill-timed sneeze caused him to accidentally shoot himself while hunting for raccoons this past Sunday.

All I am saying is, let's not rule out that the raccoon sabotaged him. I've seen a Disney movie.

For several days last week, the 81 year-old man, James Pace, was bothered by a large raccoon scratching at his the front door of his New Haven home. So eventually Pace hatched a plan to get the troublesome animal, and stop the scratching forever. He decided to hold a stakeout, and on Sunday he waited patiently by the door with his .22 rifle for the animal to return and begin scratching.

However, before the animal had a chance to return and thus give Pace his shot, disaster struck in the most ridiculous way. Pace, sitting in a chair, felt the urge to sneeze coming on, and when he finally let loose he fell from the chair and dropped his rifle, causing it to discharge, sending the very bullet meant for the pest into his leg.

When Pace realized he had been shot, he quickly "secured the rifle" and then called his son for what must have been a strange conversation. He suffered a non-life threatening wound to his shin, and was treated by the nearby Yale-New Haven Hospital. So while the injury was mild, Pace did succeed in creating himself a great story, even if he utterly failed in every other way.

Perhaps instead of hunting down the raccoon next time it comes to scratch away, Pace should instead think about befriending it. Maybe all the scratching was just a sign of lonliness, that or possibly rabies, but hey sometimes you gotta take a chance right? Worked for this guy:

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Girl Finds Her Stolen Bike Posted On Craigslist And Gets It Back By Being Clever

It is a not uncommon scene, a Vancouver woman had her bike stolen outside a friend's house in Yaletown in the province. She naturally did what most people would do when something like this happens in our modern age. First, she posted about it on Facebook, then phoned the police to file a report, and finally called her bike shop RIDE ON to get her bike's serial numbers.

If you are dumb enough to steal a bike, I would not expect you to be smart enough to get away with it.

Not very long after she got the call that she had no doubt been waiting for. A friend informed her that a bike that suspiciously looked exactly like hers had been posted on Craigslist for sale.

The address of the post: A mere couple of blocks from the scene of the crime. That's right, the individual responsible didn't even bother to wait a day to try and start hocking the thing online.

So she did what most people would do again, and informed the police that she had in fact not only found what was believed to be her bike, but even told them exactly where it was. This turned out to not be very effective, as the police notified her it would eventually be taken care of, but probably not that day. In their defense, a stolen bike, not necessarily a crime emergency.

So here's where things get interesting.

In her subsequent post on Reddit, the victim wrote "THIS GUY IS SELLING MY BIKE RIGHT NOW! I am not missing this opportunity sitting waiting for a call. So I jump into action." So what did she do when the police were no help? She got clever, very clever.

I called the guy up and made arrangements to meet him in half an hour at the main street McDonalds. (McDonalds, yes, McDonalds) When I pulled into the parking lot I still had no plan of attack. I got there and saw the guy with my bike. He was wearing board shorts, a raggy tank top and dark sketchy glasses. I noticed that it was my bike right away because of the RIDE ON stickers on the frame and the fact I have a silver handle bar plug on the left and a black one on the right. A description I gave to the police already. Here is where I started thinking on my feet. 
I asked the guy if I could take it for a ride around the parking lot. He was weary and said “yeah but don’t take off…” I said not to worry that I would even think of it! My heart was pounding and I had no idea what to do so I just got on the bike and was like fuck this guy and started to ride. As I was riding away, I called my friend who was driving to meet me as backup. I rode to the adjacent parking lot where she was pulling into as I was riding. We watched the guy start to look for me and he got super freaked out and he suddenly just took off running.

Not wanting to leave the bike thief hanging, she later decided to give the guy a call and apologize for not paying for the bike that he had stolen from her.

As for the bike, the serial numbers matched, and the thief was reported to Crime Stoppers.

All in all it ended well for everyone, except the thief, but fuck him right?

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I Watched The VMAs And Had A Good Time, But It Still Made Me Feel Like I Am 100 Years Old

Ladies and gentlemen, it happened, I watched the VMAs for the first time in probably three years. Yes last night Music Television, well MTV, brought their insanely massive awards show to Brooklyn New York for the first time ever to pack all the celebrities you could name, and many you definitely could not, into the uncomfortable plastic seats of the Barclay Center.

I decided to watch the event on a whim being that I saw a commercial for it, and also thought it would be a good thing to write about come Monday morning, and I can genuinely say it entertained me.  It also made me, a 27 year old guy, feel like I was a genuine centenarian. Hey if anything I was excited to see that the network had, for the first time I could recall, hired one of my favorite visual artists, KAWS to do all the design for the show. So if anything, it would at least look cool.

KAWS is rad. 

I decided to start off and do things right, by making a point to watch the pre-show as well as the main event. The network had decided to eschew a traditional carpet and just red carpet the whole damn street, so that started off cool I guess.  Very quickly though, I would learn that I was just along for the ride, and boy what a ride it would be.

Now let me preface this by saying, if you were to ask me if I kept up with popular culture I would definitively say yes. I bought Kanye's album, I know who One Direction is. As a matter of fact, this entire blog is dedicated to popular culture (among other strange things.) So naturally I felt prepared going into the pre-show, especially when I instantly saw Sway, the perennial host and man who at 43 years old, is probably 30 years older than most of his interviewees and could literally be their father.

Ah, good old Sway, you always calm me down.
Even if I am not sure if you have an actual head or just a hat.

However, I was quickly and completely overwhelmed by the amount of people that MTV just assumed I knew and understood why they were famous. Sure I saw Katy Perry, and Wiz Khalifa, I know who these people are, but what about her?

Pretty sure this a real life Bratz doll.
Or this guy, who I could've swore was Justin Bieber, but in fact turned out to be the poor man's Justin Bieber, and 100% more white bread version.

Meet the beginning of your end Bieber, he is even already wearing head to toe leather.
Your days are numbered.

The only other thing I noticed during the pre-show was the absolute insane amount of corporate sponsorships and ad placement. It was incredible in not only the frequency, but in the ridiculously unique and terrible way they implemented it. I was amazed. Look, I know the VMAs are popular and definitely cost a shitload of dollars to produce, but I didn't know you needed this many companies. I'll try to give you an example of the level of shilling done. Let's say One Direction is on the red carpet being interviewed.

Somehow it is always easy to find the exact picture you need of these guys.
The tiny (usually) blond MTV employee would get thrown to by Sway and then say something like this:

"Hey guys we have One Direction here on the red carpet, speaking of One DIRECTion, make sure to check out the amazing deals from DirecTV in your area. Now we have One Direction's favorite red carpet moment brought to you exclusively by Windows Phone and sponsored by Beats by Dre headphones, because remember the only true way to experience your favorite VMA moments is through a pair of Beats. See you inside guys!" 

She would then smile wide and throw it to the next host, and it went on and on like this for an hour. It was uncanny. 

Before I knew it though, it was time to start the show and without any introduction or host (when did they stop having a host?) Lady Gaga's face appeared on the screen. She opened the show with her head in a white box, and then proceeded to perform her newest song "Applause" for the first time on television. She changed clothes, and wigs, a staggering amount for only performing one song and ended up in a "Birth of Venus" type seashell bikini; so it was pretty much par for the course for her. It was pretty cool, but she continued to wear the bikini the whole show. Every time thereafter that they showed her all I could think about was her bare ass sitting in that plastic stadium seat, this unnerved me more than a little bit.

I really hope she brought some Lysol, I don't care how new that stadium is, that's gross.

Then the actual awards began, and all I could think about was why they even give awards out during the show. I'll be honest, I was switching over to Breaking Bad, even though I was gonna watch it in it's entirety later that evening. Some people got awards for their music videos, nobody will remember who won them after Monday, in fact I cannot remember most of them now, and it is currently Monday morning. Justin Timberlake won Video of The Year I am pretty sure, that's all I got.

Actually now that I think about it, the only award that I really remember was the one that those young men, who I am pretty sure still have all their baby teeth, One Direction won. Their award was for "Song of the Summer" which first off has gotta be a new addition to the awards this year right? Secondly, eschewing the fact that they won this award over both Daft Punk and Robin Thicke, the award was for a song. Isn't it the Video Music Awards? What the hell does that have to do with a music video? Truly though, who cares, we all know why we watch the show, to see the performances, and the various plentiful (and completely unexplicable) reaction shots of Taylor Swift and Rihanna. Let's not kid ourselves why we're tuning in okay?

Forget about that though because it was time for the next performance, and boy was it a doozy. Miley Cyrus took to the stage to forever destroy any memory you might have of her being a Disney child star. Instead more than happy to replace that image with one of a molly popping, no ass but still twerking up a storm, absolute trainwreck. Miley took to the stage to perform her hit "We Can't Stop," complete with a gaggle of huge women with even more huge asses but probably higher self esteem. She performed in a tiny leotard, and had me absolutely speechless. Rihanna was not amused.

To be fair though, this was pretty much her reaction to everything going on.
Miley then quickly, almost gleefully shed her tiny leotard to an even smaller amount of clothes and was joined on stage by Beetlejuice, excuse me I mean Robin Thicke so that he could perform his hit "Blurred Lines." It looked a little bit like this:

What can I say, when you are fresh out of jail you have urges...
And this:

I'm not even gonna tell you what she did with the foam finger, just in case children are present.

2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar were also featured, but they were actually overshadowed by the rest of the debauchery going on before our eyes. Kendrick did have a cool hockey jersey on though, and his verse was good. It sure was cool though that Robin's suit easily transitioned from his part time job at Foot Locker though. Sorry, I just had to get one more joke in there about that suit, it was a stupid suit.

Needless to say after that duo of performances, I was riding high. Hyped up in the knowledge that even though MTV is a soulless corporate shell of what it was 20 years ago, there can still be ridiculous stuff that happens at their big awards show. Hell, it is incredible that they still broadcast it live, and for that I am thankful.

The rest of the show in between that and the next big performance was a blur, Kanye performed the most boring set, on the most boring stage production. The only thing that entertained me was him reminding me that he took a famous sample from a song which is explicitly about black people getting lynched, and turned it into a self absorbed tale about him losing a relationship or something. Oh Kanye, you are adorable.

More awards were given by people I didn't recognize, and somewhere Bruno Mars sang a song. Not that it wasn't good, but by now that's kind of expected right? His performance was solid, the song was catchy, and he wore a stupid hat. Those are the three things that a Bruno Mars performance has, nothing much more to say. I started to flip back to Breaking Bad at this point, and boy was it getting exciting!

Luckily though, I remembered to tune back in to witness what just might be the best VMAs performance I have ever seen when the musical force that is Justin Timberlake took the stage. I say without any irony or sarcasm, that he delivered an absolute artist defining performance. Performing a perfect medley of every one of his massive hits throughout his solo career which included live singing and a tight amount of impressive choreography. It was downright magical.

He even gets a pass for his dumb hat.

It all culminated in the much rumored and pretty much given away surprise reunion of NSYNC, which speaking as a man who absolutely could not stand NSYNC (with the exception of "Gone" that song is amazing) even I thought was pretty cool. They joined him on stage and performed an incredibly short medley, much like Beyonce's throwing a bone to Destiny's Child at the Superbowl last year. It was a pitch perfect reunion in fact, as even it shadowed JT's career, first there was JT and four other guys, and then very quickly those four guys were gone and it was awesome.

It was cool those guys joined him on stage. It wasn't cool that JT made them all dress like caterers though.

After that it was pretty much over for me, other things happened, and people got more awards, but there was no topping JT.

Katy Perry closed out the show from what was continually billed as "a super secret location" throughout the show, performing her newest song "Roar." They really kept emphasizing how "super secret" her performance would be to the point I started imagining options. Would it be on top of a blimp? Inside of Anthony Weiner's campaign office? The Brooklyn Zoo? Turns out it was under the Brooklyn Bridge, note to MTV, when a person who doesn't live in New York instantly recognizes the locale, it isn't that secret. I don't know though, the performance was fine, Katy looked super hot even though she was dressed ridiculously, which is again par for the course right?

Yep, you're a sexy boxer. Add that to the list of costumes you have looked super hot in.

All over I had a blast, even though I am pretty sure I am way past their demographic, it was still a lot of fun to see an awards show that defined a lot of my youth keep on trucking. I'll be back next year VMAs, just go ahead and book Miley right now though, make sure she'll still be alive by then.

The best part? Realizing that at the same time the VMAs were airing, Gran Torino was on another channel. Something about that is perfect.


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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Fundays: It's Just You And Me And Some Great Internet Videos

Me-oh-my is it already Funday again? Look at how that time flies by when you are busy writing articles about K-Pop; but that is that and it is time for some more wonderful things I have collected this week from the world of the Internet. Slaving over this keyboard, and sometimes phone keyboard, to deliver you wonderful people this hopefully equally wonderful Funday.

So what do you say? Should we get started?

If you are gonna trust anybody, trust him.

See? I knew you would be ready.


The So So Glows

With the massive amount of dirtbag/scumbag, leather jacket, skateboard stuff in this video you could for a quick moment think that you are watching a Rancid video. In my book, that is a hell of an accomplishment. Just some questionably looking dudes being rad in a cool video. I am sold.

Robin Thicke

Hey every sports event that has a half time show, perhaps for your next event you should think about hiring Robin Thicke to plan it for you. If it is anything like this video at all you will receive some but not limited to these things: Sexy football players, a dancer covered in cotton candy, tiny bikinis on good looking people, mini monster trucks, and an appearance by 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar. Just throwing the idea out there for consideration.

Lady Gaga

Look, I know this song has been out for a hot minute now, but I need to say two things about it. First, I think it is great that the inevitable return of one of the world's biggest pop stars is a kind of simultaneous return to the electronic base that she began with. All that dance style Bruce Springsteen stuff was cool, but this is where you belong Gaga. Second, why is this the video where people feel the need to point out that they think it is strange? You don't think Gaga and Beyonce sharing a Honey Bun in the seats of Kill Bill's "Pussy Wagon" was anything to bat an eye at? This video is par for the course for her, and it is just as cool and strange as all her other ones.


Sure, he is technically part of Chief Keef's crew, but dammit if this guy isn't destroying his fellow Chicago rappers when it comes to quality releases. SD delivers again on the type of song we all wish Chief Keef was still making, a street banger that can easily call itself at home among Chiraq's Drill scene. Oh yeah, and he also has the most unlikely but fun team-ups I have seen in a while when he includes Danny Brown in the mix. Seeing Danny Brown drunk, shirtless, in his tight white pants, surrounded by gangstas and still having a blast, never gets old.

Major Lazer

Oh Major Lazer, oh Diplo, you went and did it. You won the Internet for this week. Now I am not saying that having Terry Crews, Nick Kroll, Lauren London, and Blake from Workaholics in your video makes it better than any other one this week. However, I am saying that having Lauren London kill Blake with a sword, definitely makes it better. Feel better Blake, love you bro.


 I Forgot My Phone

Funday uncharacteristically serious moment time. Hey everyone in the whole world, just fucking stop already. Yes you, even you, and you, you as well. Live your life through your fucking eyes. The most depressing thing about this is that it is so true, and we all know it. Put it away.

Drunk Vs. Stoned

Don't do drugs kids. Unless you are going to make a great Internet video for people to watch where you do a variety of things while drunk, then while stoned, to see how you perform and which is better. Wait, these guys already did that, and for certain, nobody likes people being unoriginal on the Internet. So don't do drugs kids, just watch this guy do them.


If you were Nike what would you do to celebrate 25 years of your "Just Do It" campaign? Too late sucker! They already figured it out, and it is to do what they always do, make an ad that will give you chills. Also, leave it to Nike to finally make all those people who each year hope and pray for LeBron to do a dunk contest only strengthen their resolve to persuade him. By making him throw down the best ending to their incredible commercial.

Jay & Dan

It is a great time to be a fan of sports broadcasting and be in America, because we just got the two best Canadian imports we ever could have hoped for. Jay Onrait and Dan O'Toole are genuine Canadian treasures, and we could only be so lucky that the new Fox Sports evening show Fox Sports Live, has miraculously been able to coax them down south to host their show. They have been making Canadian Sportscenter incredible for years, but now they are ours. Let's hold them close, so they never leave us.

The Bengals Can Sing

Ladies and gentlemen, the second best time of the sporting year (behind basketball season) is so nearly upon us. Here in my town of Cincinnati, my wonderful, magical Bengals team is gearing up to take their incredible talent to the field and run rampant through the AFC. First though, they must again be featured on HBO's Hard Knocks, and just like last time, they do not disappoint, delivering some perfect moments. Like this one where rookie Terrence Stephens is called before his teammates to showcase his supposed singing skills, and the rest is television gold. The reaction of James Harrison alone is more than enough reason to watch the video, and if you are a Bengals fan, this cannot be missed. WHO. DEY.

That's all for this week my lovely friends. Sorry for the serious moment, and the high concentration of sports, but that is just how things played out; and if there is one rule for Funday, it is to let it ride. Let it ride. 

See you next week. 

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Friday, August 23, 2013

Ben Affleck Will Be The Next Batman, And This Nearly Broke The Internet

Yes world, the news has hit. Ben Affleck will be the actor chosen to follow up Christian Bale's incredibly successful run as Batman, and like with many things that truly do not matter all that much in life, the Internet is beside itself.

"You like Batman? BOOM! How do you like this Batman? Queers!"

Last night Warner Brothers made the announcement that set the online world ablaze, that in the sequel to the successful but critically lukewarm summer flick Man of Steel, Affleck would take on the iconic cape and cowl as the 5th movie Batman.

Warner Brothers had this to say in their release:
“We knew we needed an extraordinary actor to take on one of DC Comics’ most enduringly popular Super Heroes, and Ben Affleck certainly fits that bill, and then some,” WB president Greg Silverman said in a statement. 
Directed by “Man of Steel” filmmaker Zack Snyder, the Superman-Batman feature will open worldwide on July 17, 2015, with Henry Cavill, Amy Adams and Diane Lane reprising their roles. 
“Ben provides an interesting counter-balance to Henry’s Superman. He has the acting chops to create a layered portrayal of a man who is older and wiser than Clark Kent and bears the scars of a seasoned crime fighter, but retain the charm that the world sees in billionaire Bruce Wayne,” Snyder said in a statement. “I can’t wait to work with him.”

In the wake of Christopher Nolan, many fans have only speculated what the studio would do to fill the looming hole that had been left after the last three movies had not only reinvigorated the character to a new generation, but in some fans' minds, provided the pinnacle of comic book movie art in The Dark Knight. 

If there was one thing people could bet on, it would be that the inevitable knee-jerk reaction that would follow would be massive, and like clockwork, it was perfect. In a few seconds after the announcement hit, thousands of Twitter users, Reddit members, and the like went to work. Forgetting completely that Affleck is a multiple Oscar winner and incredibly accomplished actor, screenwriter, director, and producer. Instead laser focusing on his previous starring role in a comic book movie, the disaster that was 2003's Daredevil.

First came Twitter, with reactions running the gamut from positive:

"Ben Affleck will make a great Batman."

To funny:

"I'm delighted that Ben Affleck is playing Batman. I like him a lot as an actor. At the same time, I don't care in the slightest who plays Batman.

To confused:

"How the hell can they give Ben Affleck the future role as Batman? WTF?!"

To angry, well most of the tweets were angry really:

"This is worse than 9/11"

However it was on Reddit where things got really interesting:

Internet please, let's have a little clarity here. I know that is asking more than a lot, but think of it this way, everybody likes George Clooney right? Well as Batman and Robin has clearly shown us all over the years, one casting decision does not a terrible Batman movie make.

If anything, enjoy the tiny bit of solace that comes with choosing Affleck as the lead, it is crystal clear who will play Robin if need be.

You can't deny that onscreen chemistry.

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