• My favorite old YouTube videos

    I wallowed in nostalgia today and decided to revisit some of my very favorite internet videos of all time. Please clap.

    Up first, this elephant shrew x Phantom of the Opera mashup from 2015 remains my favorite video on the entire internet. According to "Know Your Meme," the original clip of the elephant shrew was taken from a nature show and featured a narrator saying, "Take a closer look at that snout!". It was uploaded in 2010 by YouTuber LiLAH4, and the clip was quickly taken up by enthusiastic content creators who edited it and added other graphics, music, and narration. May the person who mashed it up with Phantom of the Opera be forever blessed.

    Next, I can never get enough of this compilation of what seem to be (really bad, like, cringe-worthy) acting auditions from the 1980s or 1990s. The video is called "You could stop at five or six stores," and the clips aren't actually auditions, but, rather, are snippets from various acting classes taught by the Sarantos Studio of Acting. Many thanks to the Sarantos Studio of Acting, and to the actors—Carla Shaw, Todd La Rue, and those who are unnamed on the video—for sharing this brilliance with us. To quote Todd La Rue, when I watch these clips, "I feel like a deer in the headlights of love!" (To learn more about these bizarre acting videos, I found this great explainer video). 


    Finally, the pièce de resistance, Microw Jupiter's, "You're tearing me apart feat. lisa dubstep remix," which consists of clips from Tommy Wiseau's 2003 cult classic movie The Room, set to dubstep music. The video quality is absolutely terrible. Apparently, the one currently available on YouTube is a re-uploaded version, as the original HD version was taken down years ago. But you can still enjoy the movie clips featuring famous lines from The Room—"You are tearing me apart, Lisa!" "Oh hi Mark," "Leave your stupid comments in your pocket," "I got the results of the tests back, I definitely have breast cancer," "Everybody betrayed me, I'm fed up with this world," and "How could you do this to me?" — set to the awesome dubstep.

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    From typing away at documents and crunching numbers in spreadsheets to preparing for the biggest presentation of your career, a software suite like Microsoft Office has your back. But, of course, Office 365 subscription fees can add up massively over time.  Luckily, you can purchase a Microsoft Office Professional 2021 License for Windows for a one-time payment of $49.99 during our Deal Days event. No coupons needed!

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    Prices subject to change.

  • Wacko Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-AZ) says she would shoot her 5 grandchildren to protect their lives

    Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-AZ) is a strange duck. Speaking in opposition to a gun safety bill, the Trumpanzee congresswoman said: "I rise in opposition to HR 2377. I have five grandchildren, I would do anything, anything to protect my five grandchildren, including, as a last resort, shooting them if I had to, to protect the lives of my grandchildren."

    Maybe Grambo didn't mean what she said. For the sake of her grandchildren, I hope not.

    In a tweet, Lesko expressed indignation that people took her at her word:

  • Even John Hinckley Jr., who shot Ronald Regan, says the mentally ill shouldn't have access to guns (video)

    The GOP is in denial about the dangers of handing out guns like candy, but even John Hinckley Jr., who shot Ronald Reagan in 1981, thinks gun reform is necessary.

    "I certainly don't think the mentally ill should have access to guns. I mean, that's kind of obvious," he said on ABC's Nightline. "Background checks are good, waiting periods are good. I think there's too many guns in America."

    "And coming from you, that's quite a statement," anchor Juju Chang said.

    "Well, I hope it is, because it's the way I feel."

  • Manga artist plucked out pebbles stuck in his shoes for a year, turned them into art

    On June 22, 2021, manga artist Nerno Daiski flipped over his sneakers and plucked out some pebbles that were stuck in the grooves of the soles. But rather than just throw them away, which he thought "was a waste," he decided to start collecting them. And from that day on, using a toothpick as a tool, he carefully cleaned out the debris wedged in his shoes. After a year, he has neatly curated all of the found items into a display of 212 pieces (see images below), which includes "179 pebbles, 32 pieces of glass" and "1 nut," according to a translation of his tweet.

    At this point, he says he's become really interested in the difference between the goodies found in the left versus the right shoe, according to an interview on nlab.itmedia.co.jp, and plans to continue collecting, but perhaps with a new, interesting approach that he's still mulling over.

  • Save $20 with this Deal Days discount on an AI-powered selfie drone

    We understand that life has gotten a little stale now that the excitement for summer has worn off. Now we're just in hot, hot heat, and everything is less fun and a lot sticker. So if you're looking for laughs that won't cause heat stroke, bring the joy inside or out with this awesome Air NEO Selfie Camera Drone, available for $129.99 during our Deal Days sale.

    This drone is more than just a fun flyer. It's also an expert photographer! The camera drone is AI-powered, so it captures what it needs to and when it needs to in the most efficient way possible. Just give it a toss, and you're on your way to an awesome single selfie or a group shot with the crew. When you're done, It will fly back home to you without a smartphone or controller connection.

    Yeah, so speaking of, let's chat about selfies for a second. The AIR NEO can take wide-angle shots from 5 feet away, so the whole gang can cheese together again. And, if you need just a solo moment, cut everyone else out by using the two close-up shots from 2.5 feet away, using the aforementioned AI technology again to find you,

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    When you're done, you can use the instant social media share tool on the AirSelfie app to let your friends in on the action from afar.

    The Air NEO Selfie Camera Drone usually costs $159, but you can purchase one for just $129.99 during our Deal Days sale, which ends July 14, and you don't need a coupon to score this deal!

    Prices subject to change.

  • Russia state TV host says Kremlin has to decide whether to "reinstall" Trump as U.S. president "again"

    The Kremlin has a big decision to make: whether or not to "reinstall" Donald Trump "again" as president of the United States. Or at least that's what Russian state TV host Olga Skabeeva said, according to a translation by Daily Beast columnist Julia Davis.

    "The other day Trump promised to destroy the Russian Federation or destroy [Russian President Vladimir] Putin's hegemony, as he put it," the Russian propagandist said, to which a panelist cut in, "That is excellent, if Trump becomes the president, we will know his geopolitical goals" (video below).

    "We will have to think whether to reinstall him again as the American president," Skabeeva countered. "We haven't decided yet."

  • Look! Polluting the sky! It's… Earthman!

    Tom the Dancing Bug – EAT THE POOR

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  • Eraserhead Trailer for the Nuart Theatre (1982)

    This trailer for David Lynch's Eraserhead was made in 1982 and played before the film at the Nuart Theatre in Los Angeles. It features a young Lynch sitting on the couch alongside 5 Road Runner dolls. He introduces them as his boys "Chucko, Buster, Bob, Pete, and Dan" and says that they wish us all peace and happiness. Long Live Eraserhead!

    From Youtube:

    This trailer for Eraserhead was produced by twins Douglas Brian Martin and Steven M. Martin, with cinematography by Frederick Elmes. The trailer preceded the film at the Nuart Theatre in Los Angeles for the several years it played there to sold-out Friday midnight movie audiences.

  • Black Arizona GQP candidate says he needs AR-15s to ward off "Democrats in Klan hoods" (video)

    Jerone Davison, former NFL football player turned GQP congressional candidate, claims that as a Black man, he needs his AR-15s to protect himself — no, not against the angry white racists in his own party, but against "a dozen angry Democrats in Klan hoods." (See campaign ad below.)

    Either this Arizona candidate is trolling QAnon, or he himself is being trolled by his own QAnon "time-traveler" campaign manager.

  • Here is the trailer for Clerks 3, a downright meta-comedy

    Jay and Silent Bob have returned for a meta-comedy about Randal's near-death experience inspiring him to make a movie centered on his life at the Quick Stop. Of course, Quick Stop is the New Jersey convenience store where director Kevin Smith worked during the time he made the first Clerks film in 1994.

    "Everything in this script is something either me or someone I know said," Randall says in the Clerks 3 trailer.

  • Watch this charming blue parrot flirt with his human

    Kiwi is a small blue parrot with a huge personality. Nicknamed the "blue chicken" on his TikTok, he and his human finish each other's sentences in this very cute routine:

    Front page thumbnail image: Thomas Marx / shutterstock.com

  • Mysterious Georgia Guidestones were partially destroyed in a bombing

    The Georgia Guidestones, in Elberton, GA, were partially destroyed last night. One news agency, WSBTV.com, has stated that "It's unclear if the monument was targeted in an attack or if it was somehow damaged by natural causes." Another, however, is reporting that it looks like the monument was purposely bombed. Stephanie Moore of WYFF4 reports that:

    The preliminary information indicates that someone detonated an explosive device at around 4 a.m. on Wednesday, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigations. GBI officials said officials with the Elbert County Sheriff's Office found the explosion destroyed a large portion of the structure.

    This will no doubt just add to the mystery that already surrounds the Georgia Guidestones, which were erected in 1980 and often called "America's Stonehenge." ExploreGeorgia.org describes the unusual stones, the cryptic messages engraved on them, and the lack of information about who sponsored and built them:

    The Georgia Guidestones, Elberton's most unusual set of granite monoliths, poses a mystery for the numerous visitors who visit the site seven miles north of Elberton on Georgia Highway 77. Known as America's Stonehenge, this 19-foot high monument displays a 10-part message espousing the conservation of mankind and future generations in 12 languages. The Guidestones also serve as an astronomical calendar, and every day at noon the sun shines through a narrow hole in the structure and illuminates the day's date on an engraving. The names of four ancient languages are inscribed on the sides near the top: Babylonian cuneiform, Classical Greek, Sanskrit, and Egyptian Hieroglyphics. The Guidestones are mysterious in origin, for no one knows the identity of a group of sponsors who provided its specifications.

    Earlier this year Georgia governor candidate Kandiss Taylor (who lost the primary) said she intended to destroy the Guidestones.

  • Dancing Nathan is the new canine sensation

    Even before the adorable Chiweenie-with-the-overbite Tuna arrived on the "dogs of the internet" scene in late 2012, Nathan was already dancing his way into our hearts.

    Dancing Nathan is a 14-year-old Chinese Crested who was adopted in 2011 from the Bald is Beautiful rescue organization in Greenville, SC, by Tina Hicks. Once Nathan arrived at her home, Tina began noticing how much he loved wiggling and shimmying in one particular green chair — perhaps he was scratching his back? She began filming him doing the funny moves, and he earned his nickname "Dancing Nathan."

    He's not just scratching his back, though. Ellen Westkaemper, the foster home coordinator for Bald is Beautiful, stated, "It really is dancing. It's what comes natural to him."

    Nathan's been dancing ever since and has carved out quite a following on his various social media pages, including Instagram and TikTok. One of my favorite videos is Nathan dancing while Grandma Tillie (who turns 93 on July 20!) accompanies him on the accordion, playing her signature song, "Just a bowl of butterbeans."

  • Comedians tell Los Angeles City Council that they are going on a "boning sabbatical"

    Comedians Chad Kroeger and JT Parr are going on a "boning sabbatical," which is their way of standing in solidarity "with the ladies." They showed up this week at a Los Angeles City Council meeting to express their disappointment in the SCOTUS decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and to share their plan to stop having sex in order to not put women in "potentially impossible situations." You can watch them here, channeling their best Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure vibes.

    Here's a transcript:

    Chad Kroeger: What up, Council? My name is Chad Kroeger. This is my colleague JT.

    JT Parr: What up, Council?

    Chad Kroeger: I come to you deeply unstoked, by the recent decish to overturn Roe v. Wade and in doing so, restricting women's rights and setting back humans/stoke progress. The sadness it has incurred in the women in my life has been massive. I realized I need to do something to show solidarity with the ladies. So from this moment forward, I will not be having sex. Huge sacrifice, I know, but if the government won't protect women, then I won't do anything that could put them in a potentially impossible situatish. JT will be joining me in this boning sabbatical.

    JT Parr: It's like that story from Greece, Lysistrata, but we're gender bending it.

    Chad Kroeger: Tap into your best selves and get this situation rectified. I would like to bone again one day, but again, I'm willing not to. Thank you.

    JT Parr: Sorry, ladies.

  • Center Core Never More is an early 90s animation by Jim Wilson that should have been on Liquid Television

    Center Core Never More is a far-out animation by Jim Wilson from the early '90s. It has an awesome, pixelated look to it that reminds me of MacPaint. It was made using an Amiga 500 and includes audio by Wilson's friend. This video would have been a perfect fit for MTV's Liquid Television, but sometimes it's the coolest art that slips through the cracks. Wilson died in 2015 at the age of 72. May he rest in peace.

  • Tucker Carlson blames mass shootings on nagging women

    Of all the ridiculous scapegoats the GQP are trying to pin everyday mass shootings on — too many doors, weed, "transsexual leftist illegal aliens," and the tried and true video games argument — Tucker Carlson adds another to the list: nagging women. (See video below.)

    While Carlson also blames U.S. massacres on "social media, porn, and video games" as well as "crackpot" school counselors and "government-endorsed weed" (never, of course, mentioning easy access to assault rifles), his animosity towards women — who are what make men so "angry" — rings loud and clear.

    "The authorities in their lives, mostly women, never stop lecturing them about their so-called privilege. 'You're male! You're privileged!' Imagine that," the poor white privileged Fox performer cries. "Try to imagine an unhealthier, unhappier life than that." As if it's a challenge to the rest of America to imagine anything harder than being called "privileged."

  • Obituary for NYPD officer: "hobbies included abusing his first wife and children"

    The obituary for Lawrence H Pfaff Sr., published in the Florida Times-Union, is funny and tragic at the same time. I recommend listening to the computer voice narration.

    Excerpt:

    Lawrence H Pfaff Sr. was born in Belmont, NY, on April 16, 1941. He passed away on June 27, 2022, living a long life, much longer than he deserved. He is survived by his three children, no four. Oops, five children. Well as of 2022 we believe there is one more that we know about, but there could be more. His love was abundant when it came to himself, but for his children it was limited. From a young age, he was a ladies' man and an abusive alcoholic, solidifying his commitment to both with the path of destruction he left behind, damaging his adult children, and leaving them broken.

    The Times-Union published an article about the obituary. Pfaff's 59-year-old son wrote the obit.

    The obituary went through several iterations, with the initial ones much angrier than the final version. "It was an angry process," he said, that ended with the anger lessening and him "just processing truth."

    He told no one what he had written and hid it away for several months. After his half-brother told him the elder Pfaff died, he submitted it to The Times-Union for publication at a cost of about $500. Writing those words — and seeing them in a newspaper — was cathartic, he said.

    "The closure has brought me much happiness. I feel so free from the chains of that prison," he said.