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Generic YA dystopian novel (Twitter edition)


The @Dystopianya account is tweeting an entire cliched YA dystopian novel in bite-sized chunks.

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Nathan Barley: old comedy turned out to be a documentary about our future

When Charlie "Black Mirror" Brooker came up with his trustafarian new media parody Nathan Barley for TV Go Home, no one suspected the character would last this long -- or be so relevant.

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Having the brakes removed from your car is a personal decision


Scientists may say that brakes save lives, but virtually every car-wreck co-occurs with panicked braking -- did you know that in the old days, cars didn't have brakes?

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Honest posters for 2015 Oscar nominees

grand-budapest

The good folks over at The Shiznit "decided to make new posters for the nominees that tell you what you can really expect." Above: Grand Budapest Hotel. Below: American Sniper.

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Freedom of speech is now compulsory


A timely reminder from Scarfolk town council.

WATCH Princess Leia walks NYC's streets

It's a pretty straightforward sendup of the now-notorious 10 hours of catcalls video, but manages to pack in some pretty awesome Star Wars jokes. (Thanks, Jah Furry!)

SkyMall parody better than the real thing

For years, airlines have provided complimentary seatback copies of the SkyMall catalog for passengers who don't know what to do with their used chewing gum. They also come in handy to remind you that there are millions of people eager to spend their hard-earned money on garbage. For the guys in the Kasper Hauser comedy troupe, the SkyMall catalog serves a third purpose: fodder for a howlingly funny parody.

In 2006 I reviewed the first SkyMaul catalog: SkyMaul: Happy Crap You can Buy from a Plane. Today marks the release of SkyMaul 2: Where America Buys His Stuff, an equally funny followup to the first catalog. The copy for the fake products is pitch perfect. I wish the Camping Coma Pills were really for sale - I'd take them.

SkyMaul 2: Where America Buys His Stuff

Cthulhu/Coke tee is back on sale


Following from Tuesday's post about the sadly not-available Cthulhu/Coca-Cola tee, good news: it's back on sale!

Cookie Monster in The Hungry Games: Catching Fur

Sesame Street parodies starring Cookie Monster are always a good bet (c.f. Monsterpiece Theater) but even by those standards, "The Hungry Games: Catching Fur" (with Cookie Monster as "Cookieness Evereat") is a standout. Bravo, Sesame Street!

Sesame Street: The Hungry Games- Catching Fur (Hunger Games: Catching Fire Parody) (via AccordionGuy)

The Rob Ford Jean-Claude Van Damme Volvo Splits Parody video you've been waiting for

Of the many parody videos poking fun at this epic Volvo ad, I believe this one poking fun at Rob Ford by NYC-based visual effects firm Artjail VFX may be the best. [Video Link, HT: @peteyreplies].

Thomas Friedman: IHOP menu copywriter

Something Awful celebrates the deathless prose of Thomas Friedman and the mountains of empty calories on offer at the International House of Pancakes -- Friedman's culinary equivalent -- by giving us notional menu copy as written by the Great Flat One.

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'Breaking Barfi,' an Indian parody of Breaking Bad

Jus Reign explains:

Waltaar, an avid lover of Mithai (Indian Sweets) finds out that he has been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, which constrains him from consuming any more Mithai due to the high sugar content. So as a solution, Waltaar, alongside his former student Jassi, begin cooking fat free, low sugar, healthy Mithai and begin selling it on the streets... which leads to all sorts of drama. BREAKING BARFI. DUN DUN.

[HT: Carl Hamm]

Goodnight Moon as a horror movie

David sez, "Did the children's book "Goodnight Moon" help put you to sleep as a little kid? Not anymore. Especially after watching its dark reimagining in this gritty movie trailer. I'm afraid the family-friendly search results for this children's book are going to be ruined as this video makes its rounds. Made by the Gritty Reboots team who most recently brought you Calvin and Hobbes as a dark Hollywood blockbuster."

Goodnight Moon: The Movie (Trailer) (Thanks, David!)

Trending right now on Yahoo (not)

There are a bunch of these. By Sean Tejaratchi.

Scientifically accurate Spider-Man

Finally, the truth revealed. On the other hand, Spider-Man would be a lot more interesting if these editorial suggestions were taken to heart by the good people at Misney.

SCIENTIFICALLY ACCURATE SPIDER-MAN | ADHD (Thanks, Fipi Lele!)

Real Genius in the style of M. Night Shyamalan

You know what's better than the nerd-classic 1985 teen comedy Real Genius? How about the Real Genius trailer recut in the style of M. Night Shyamalan, by YouTuber dondrapersayswhat (creator of the Breakfast Club/Avengers mashup and this this insanely great Baby Got Back mashup?

Real Genius by M. Night Shyamalan: Trailer Recut (Thanks, Fipi Lele!)

Allan Sherman's Mad-Man-style comedy song: "When I Was a Lad"

This shuffled into my music player this morning, and delighted me as it ever does: Allan Sherman's When I was a Lad, a lovely bit of Mad Man-style period parody from the album My Son, the Celebrity. You probably know Sherman's work from "Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah," but it's well worth exploring his whole catalog -- especially since there's a fabulous box set.

When I Was A Lad - Allan Sherman

BargainBinBlasphemy: a tumblog of greatness

At "BargainBinBlasphemy," vinyl album covers of pop-rock icons are upgraded into Black Metal. (Thanks, Sean Bonner!)

It's OK to Do Stuff: rude and funny parody of Free To Be You and Me

Rob Kutner and the Levinson Brothers (and friends) released It's OK To Do Stuff, an album parodying Free to Be You and Me. Guest vocals include Steven Page from Barenaked Ladies and Jane Wiedlin of The Go-Gos (featured here singing the album's themesong). It's a $6 MP3 download on Amazon.

It's OK To Do Stuff

Carl Sagan's Cosmos: The Meat Planet (with pork volcano)

"A giant planet with a liquid interior full of liquid beef and pork, into which a thousand earths would fit."

Darren Cullen of Spelling Mistakes Cost Lives and friend Mark Tolson edited together this 'lost episode' of Carl Sagan's Cosmos, about a fabled Meat Planet, with details of its famous pork volcano, Mount Sustenance, "well-known to astronomers since the time of Galileo."

If NASA would focus on the important planets, the delicious bacon-y ones like this, perhaps we'd have a real future in space exploration. Astronomy-gastronomy!

Binders Full of Women, the tumblr

Link: bindersfullofwomen.tumblr.com. (Thanks, Tara McGinley!)


Autumn: Spaghetti-harvest time

Some astute commenters in the Ukelele String Harvest video thread pointed out that this recent video is basically a re-creation/riff on this earlier, classic weird video, from a 1957 BBC show called "Panorama." From the Alexandra Palace Television Society, here's the whole story:

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Baby's First Baby

"Baby's First Baby," by Darren Cullen (2012). via BB Flickr Pool.

The Nobel Prize in Quackpottery

At The Guardian, blogger GrrlScientist is passing out Nobel Prizes for Quackpottery in the fields of physiology, physics, and chemistry. The prizes are awarded to actual Nobel Laureates who have made deep and long-lasting contributions to undermining their own credibility by latching onto hypotheses they can't back up with evidence and then continuing to promote those hypotheses despite the lack of evidence. It's a nice reminder that scientists are human, and that even very, very smart people are not always rational people.

Andy Rooney x Chief Keef: "I Don't Like"

[Video Link, by @mrlaszlototh]

Set theory, Christians, and parody

Last week, I wrote a piece for BoingBoing about fundamentalist Christian objections to the mathematical idea of set theory. Those objections are, apparently, real—sourced to math textbooks produced by publisher A Beka. And, if you understand the cultural mindset, it even makes a weird sort of sense. But it's also ripe for parody. Read the first comment to this story at The New York Times. At first, it looks like a real world example of the stuff we were talking about last week. But it's not. The commenter is Stephenson Billings, a pseudonymous contributor to the parody site Christwire. I fell for this myself. Thankfully, Twitter user UCSD_Nanomed pointed out what was really going on.

Bob Dylan’s “Titanic” by Tim Heidecker (music video)

[Video Link]

Comic genius Tim Heidecker, who is roughly 50% of Tim and Eric (also behind "Tim & Eric's Billion Dollar Movie," and "Check it Out! with Dr. Steve Brule"), has yet again created something I find very funny.

"Recently, I read that Bob Dylan’s new album Tempest will feature a 14 minute song about the Titanic," he writes, "So I wrote this song to see if I could beat the Master to it. I can’t wait to see how close I got to the real thing!"

Above, a preview. The entire opus is fifteen minutes long, and you can purchase it here.

Generate your own Malcolm Gladwell best-seller with this handy website

Malcolmgladwellbookgenerator.com is a source of high LOLs. (via @onthemedia)