• Temporary Jeopardy! host named to replace Alex Trebek

    Ken Jennings, the best Jeopardy! contestant in the history of the show, will be the interim Jeopardy! host when taping resumes November 30. Various other hosts will follow Jennings to replace Alex Trebek, the legendary host who passed away from pancreatic cancer on November 8.

    The additional hosts to follow Ken Jennings will be announced at a later date. Levar Burton is the leading candidate especially among Reading Rainbow fans, where Burton hosted for 21 seasons, as well as those looking to see a more diverse Hollywood.

    Ken Jennings is a great trivia master and hopefully a competent game show host too. Jennings is unquestionably the Jeopardy! GOAT (Greatest Of All Time), not only due to his record 74 game win streak, but also by beating the other top contestants in Jeopardy! history, during Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time tournament last January.

    Trebek was always great but never seemed to punch up the name of the show when saying it. There is an exclamation point at the end and it should be appropriately shouted. Here's hoping Jennings announces Jeopardy! the way it is written.

  • T-shirt and jeans is not the Mandalorian way

    In the latest episode from The Mandalorian's second season, "The Siege", an anachronism was spotted by viewers. Some guy, presumably working on the movie, was visible in the background of a shot featuring the main characters in an Imperial space station.

    Lucasfilm Ltd.

    Unless the Empire does an extremely casual Friday this is one of those fun blunders that reminds us that shows/movies are still made by humans (See coffee cup on Game of Thrones set).

    Crazy as it is that some joker is visible in a rolling shot that viewers would have to catch in a second or less, is that the still photo above was actually used as an official promotional photo for the episode. Hmmmm, could this be a covert ploy to get the series in view of a few more eyes by way of internet? Fine by me either way. This show deserves even more viewers.

  • A guy, a beer and a giant tip

    With restaurants and bars closing due to Covid-19, some going the carry-out-only route and others shutting their doors altogether, helping these people and places becomes that much more vital to our communities. In Cleveland, Ohio a patron ordered one beer at a bar, which cost him $7.02. He then decided to add a gratuity on the order of 427.35%. A gigantic $3,000 tip added to the tab. That is what you call helping.

    Brendan Ring, the owner of Nighttown, was shocked at the amount and thought the man might have made an error.

    From AP:

    "I ran after him and he said no mistake we will see you when you reopen!"

    Ring said he would not post the customer's name because he thinks the man wouldn't want that. The owner said he and his serving staff were "humbly grateful for this incredibly kind and grand gesture."

    I'm hoping that man at least got himself a nice Edmund Fitzgerald porter or an Eliot Ness amber lager, both by Great Lakes Brewing Company which is headquartered in Cleveland. If a Bud or Miller Lite was the selected beer, there is little hope for humanity.

  • Canadian officials caution against letting moose do this to your car

    You are probably not into licking cars while in Canada, but moose seem to love it. Cars are generally caked with road salt in the Canadian winter months and moose love licking that salt.

    From CNN:

    Officials in Jasper, an alpine town in Canada's Alberta province, have put up signs asking motorists to avoid allowing moose to lick the salt, a treat moose find hard to resist, off their cars."They're obsessed with salt, it's one of the things they need for the minerals in their body," Jasper National Park spokesman Steve Young told CNN. "They usually get it from salt lakes in the park, but now they realized they can also get road salt that splashes onto cars."

    In the event that you didn't know, a moose can do unbelievable damage to a car, weighing between 800-1200 lbs. Canadian officials advise motorists to drive away in the event that a moose approaches their vehicles, even if moose is paired with squirrel.

  • Governor Andrew Cuomo to be honored with International Emmy

    New York governor Andrew Cuomo will receive an International Emmy award, not for his dramatic telenovela role in "La Usurpadora", which Cuomo never starred in, but for his near daily briefings to help reassure the public with information and leadership in the face of the pandemic.

    From AP:

    "The governor's 111 daily briefings worked so well because he effectively created television shows, with characters, plot lines, and stories of success and failure," said International Academy President & CEO Bruce L. Paisner. "People around the world tuned in to find out what was going on, and New York tough became a symbol of the determination to fight back."

    Expect calls of fraud and tampering to come from the White House in the coming weeks over Cuomo's achievement.

  • Decapitated store mannequin washes up on Florida beach, horrifying onlookers

    Kathleen, a volunteer doing a beach clean up for environmental nonprofit Ocean Hour in Perdido Key, FL, spotted what she thought was a decapitated corpse on the beach. The barnacle encrusted figure was convincing enough that someone in their group called 911.

    When they got close enough to inspect, what might have been a headless mummy crawling up from the ocean depths to kill you, was nothing more than a store mannequin. Benign, but still pretty damn cool looking.

    My best guess as to where the mannequin came from points due west across the water 161 miles. A raucous night in New Orleans, where the only real casualties might be sobriety and a department store mannequin, would be on my list of suspects.

  • Harry Styles rocks a dress for Vogue, gets attacked by dopes

    The cover of Vogue's December issue features pop star Harry Styles in a dress and, predictably, dum-dums have a problem with it. Ben Shapiro and Candace Owens felt the need to chime in on what masculinity means to them, as if their opinions on someone else's gender norms matter at all.

    As predictable as the conservative offenses were, counter-tweets could be expected from people not threatened by a man in a dress, and they rained down upon Tweedle Nit and Tweedle Wit.

    Shade you had coming and shade you have received.

  • Assailant of actor Rick Moranis turns out to be serial puncher

    Fans of the Canadian actor Rick Moranis (Ghostbusters, Spaceballs, Honey, I Shrunk The Kids) were horrified to learn that the 67 year-old actor was punched in the head last month in New York City. Could somebody possibly have it out for Moranis, a.k.a. Ghostbusters' Key Master? It turns out that his attacker has a history of randomly striking strangers in public. No evidence showed that he stalked Moranis to clock him one in the coconut, displeased with his Dark Helmet performance in Spaceballs or some other sort of vexation.

    AP News:

    At a Manhattan Criminal Court hearing on Sunday, prosecutors said Marquis Ventura, 35, is charged in five assaults on strangers that took place in the last six months, the New York Post reported.

    Ventura allegedly attacked the owner of a liquor store in Soho hours after he punched Moranis in the face on Oct. 1 in what police called a "random, unprovoked assault."

    It is a relief knowing that one of the McKenzie Brothers is not in anyone's cross-hairs.

  • Sewage work in Athens unearths bust of Hermes

    The bust of the Greek god Hermes was found in good condition in the sewage system in Athens, officials reported Sunday. The Greek Culture Ministry speculates that the head was carved in 300 B.C. by famed sculptor Alcamenes, and was used as a street marker. Alcamenes, famously sculpted Aphrodite of the Gardens and was a younger contemporary of…wait for it, Phidias, the artistic director for the Parthenon.

    Many godly sculpted heads were used as street markers in those days but this depiction of a more mature Hermes was eventually transferred to the wall of a drainage duct under the streets.

    Hermes is an Olympic deity who served as herald of the gods, and could swiftly move between the mortal world and the divine aided by his winged sandals. Apparently, not quickly enough to avoid getting his old-ass head stuck in a sewer in Athens.

  • Millions of revelers in India defy fireworks ban, create toxic smog

    Rather than listen to the advice of their government's officials and scientists, a good portion of a country did what they wanted, and justified it with religion and don't-tell-me-what-I-can't-do-ism. The fall out was that their health suffered, and so did the health of others, even the ones who did all the right things. Sound familiar?

    Northern Indian Hindus celebrated Diwali, the festival of lights, many defying the ban on the sale and use of fireworks traditionally used to do so. The city of New Delhi already suffers from poor air quality at a rate 9 times worse than what the World Health Organization deems safe.

    From Reuters:

    Revelers in the capital let off huge amounts of fireworks well into Sunday morning, prompting angry residents and environmentalists to complain on social media of breathing difficulties and stinging eyes.

    "Our gods must be so happy today, that their followers burst firecrackers and choked the young ones to despair and death," said Vimlendu Jha, the founder of non-profit environmental group Swechha.

    Cities in the states of Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Bihar and New Delhi – which have already been suffering from some of the worst air in the world – saw even higher levels of pollution than on the morning after Diwali last year, government data analyzed by Reuters showed.

    Others actually trumpeted praise for the millions of celebrants who stuck to religious tradition and ignored the threat of heightened respiratory illness through this time of year, made even worse by the toxic smoke.

    "Are you realizing how all of India, all places stood up in defiance against the cracker ban? It's like a form of Hindu- freedom battle cry," Tarun Vijay, a leader of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party, tweeted.

    The parallels between what has been happening in the U.S., and how so many in India choose to disregard their fellow person because they want to do what they have always done, is absolutely stunning. You have a health concern? I don't care. Here's me maskless/with a roman candle.

  • Bigfoot spotted along roadside in Northern California

    A wooden statue of Bigfoot was recovered by police after being seen along a road north of Santa Cruz, California last Thursday. Thieves grabbed the 4-foot tall wood carving from the Bigfoot Discovery Museum near Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park and relocated it.

    Maybe it wasn't human thieves at all. Bigfoot, you know, the real one, might have moved it to prank the locals him/herself.

    In the event that you need a little Sasquatch video action, because this post teased it too much, please enjoy the provided Animal Planet Finding Bigfoot footage:

  • If you noticed something different about Trump's appearance you are not alone

    Most presidents go through a rapid aging transformation through their years in office, most conspicuously with a graying of the hair–unless you're a narcissist with time for golf, spray-tanning and Just For Men hair products. In Donald Trump's most recent press garden address, his graying was hard to deny.

    Is this a concession in and of itself? A concession to normal, aging hair? Maybe psychologically he's feeling the lame-duckness of his current state and figures, "what's the use? I'll just go gray." OR, will he come back from this with a vibrant orange product to drastically over-correct beyond his regular freakish odd look?

    His next public appearance may be the "hair tell" we need to figure out his next move. Gray=concession. Orange=same old asshole.

  • Australian drones monitor beaches, and not just for sharks

    Shark-detecting drones have been commonplace over Australian beaches for a while now. The same skyward technology is now spying for large groups of people. As the summer season ramps up down under local officials want to minimize any COVID-19 super spreader crowds.

    The drone surveillance cameras will transmit video to the authorities who will act when numbers are deemed too high for virus safety protocols. Surf lifesaver pilots will operate the drones, the same pilots who keep an eye out for those evil, jerky sharks along the coast who like to eat people.

    Trying to have a huge Australian beach rager? Beat it. Flying robot is gonna rat you out.

  • Melissa McCarthy apologizes for donation to group with history of anti-LGBT

    Sometimes the good we try to do hits a tripwire along the way. Melissa McCarthy's 20 Days of Kindness, which spotlights 20 great charities over 20 days, did just that when they donated $20,000 to Exodus Cry, an evangelical group with a history of anti-LGBT and anti-abortion activism. The donation was rescinded as soon as the mistake had been discovered. McCarthy's upcoming film "Superintelligence" on HBO Max is also associated with the #20DaysofKindness charity.

    Watch Melissa McCarthy's apology posted on Instagram:

  • YouTube acknowledges outage

    For those emotionally chained to skateboarding fails, internet stars trying out products or their own video parodies, Wednesday must have been panic-attack fuel. YouTube encountered issues for more than an hour.

    From Variety

    The platform's TeamYouTube account acknowledged the problems in a Twitter post. "If you're having trouble watching videos on YouTube right now, you're not alone β€” our team is aware of the issue and working on a fix. We'll follow up here with any updates," it tweeted at 7:23 p.m. ET.

    Nearly two hours later, TeamYouTube said service had been restored: "And we're back β€” we're so sorry for the interruption. This is fixed across all devices & YouTube services, thanks for being patient with us," the account tweeted, adding a red heart emoji.

    What the hell happens when Twitter AND YouTube go out at the same time? Global social implosion, no doubt.