Before Andy Kaufman played Latka Gravis on Taxi, he appeared in character on The Dating Game. Do you think he won the date?
Florida Man is the inaugural kickstarter from Los Angeles's incomparable comics store Secret Headquarters (previously): it challenges players to fill in the blanks from hundreds of cards capturing actual headlines about actual Floridians, creating hilarious, Cards Against Humanity-style madlibs. $20 gets you a game (early bird, rising to $25), $50 gets you a game and expansion pack, and there are tiers with tons of swag and of course a retailer bulk-discount pack. Read the rest
The inimitable Robert Smith on the red carpet following The Cure's induction last week into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Here's their performance:
Every year, 250,000 requests for vanity license plates are made in California every year. The DMV has to scrutinize every application to make sure the numbers and letters don't have an offensive or objectionable meaning. LA Mag has a collection of their favorites.
Applicant Explanation: On my way to bang your bitch
DMV Comments: What he said
Applicant Explanation: Celebration of my son moving out of the house
DMV Comments: Dick
Applicant Explanation: Sad time in my life and my car is blue
DMV Comments: Blew Me
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The latest retro-fantasy from Squirrel Monkey - how to declutter your 1990s computer files, Marie Kondo style. Read the rest
In a New York Times review of celebrity chef Thomas Keller's Manhattan eatery Per Se, critic Pete Wells described the mushroom soup "as murky and appealing as bong water." So now for special guests, Keller's legendary French Laundry restaurant in the Napa Valley serves their porcini mushroom broth out of a blue and green swirl glass bong. From a column by San Francisco Chronicle food critic Soleil Ho:
After dinner, I emailed the French Laundry’s public relations people about the bong. In an email, they responded that it’s something Thomas Keller pulls out for restaurant industry folks because he knows we’d get a kick out of it. (This is true. And Keller knows me from a previous encounter during my past life as a New Orleanian line cook.)
“It is clearly a tongue-in-cheek reference to past writing and is not on the menu,” they wrote, “but regularly prepared for guests as a fun item.” When I pressed them on where the bong was actually from — obviously not Riedel or Zalto — all they would say was that it was “hand blown by an artisan.”
Accurate. Read the rest
There is a monster in the bed. Read the rest
The singer is María Olvido Gara Jova, aka Alaska, performing with her band Dinarama. Along with singing in another electro-pop-goth band Fangoria, Alaska has hosted a children's TV series, appeared on a comedy sketch show, and starred in an MTV Spain reality show. This number is titled "Mi novio es un zombi" ("My Boyfriend Is a Zombie").
Such graceful dogs.
“Frank face planted and Skippy tried to imitate a cat but to no avail.” Read the rest
“Hey. Are you coming, or what?” Read the rest
Who among us has not tried to come up with a novel technique for escaping the consequences of our own foolishness? Read the rest
After this weekend's snow in Chadron, Nebraska, Jason Blundell and his kids spent the afternoon sculpting a snow replica of their 1967 Ford Mustang GTA. Nebraska State Patrol Sgt. Mick Downing spotted the snow car and decided to have his own fun. From the Omaha World-Herald:
(Downing) drove by and recorded himself giving the sculpted car a pretend tow notice, then posted the video on the patrol’s social media channels...
Downing said he never did the paperwork for the tow notice. It wouldn’t have held up in court.
“If it would’ve been a real car,” he said, “it was parked just fine.”