Dick of the Week: Sen. Jake Knott

Carmel Lobello :: Friday, June 4th, 2010 7:57 pm

This was just too easy. South Carolina Republican Senator Jake Knott basically served himself to our “Dick of the Week” column on a golden platter today. In what appeared to be an effort to one-up Rand Paul’s racist quote about segregation, he said on the web show, “Pub Talk Live” that “We already got one raghead in the White House, we don’t need a raghead in the governor’s mansion.” MORE »


Events, Film, Movies, art

New York Rainy Weekend Calendar

Carmel Lobello :: Friday, June 4th, 2010 6:21 pm

If you happen to be in NY, you’re probably aware that the insanely perfect weather is set to end just in time for the weekend. We compiled a shortlist of events that should be enjoyable to attend, rain or shine (but probably rain), if you’re in the big apple this weekend.Check it out after the jump. MORE »


Food, News

McDonald’s Makes Health-Concerned Recall (Not Food-Related)

Carmel Lobello :: Friday, June 4th, 2010 12:01 pm

McDonald’s is recalling 4 of its Shrek-themed collectors edition drinking glasses because traces of Cadmium, a known carcinogen, has been found in the painted designs. The traces of the toxin are minute, but McDonald’s has voluntarily recalled the products because they’re concerned that the chemical element, used in the manufacturing of batteries and found in cigarette smoke, could contribute to adverse health effects such as bone softening, as well as kidney and lung problems. Although children won’t get sick right away from the Cadmium in the glasses, their long-term health could be affected if the paint rubs off on their hands, or if they lick, kiss or otherwise ingest some of the toxic paint. It should be noted that long-term, life threatening health risks including cancer and kidney failure are also associated with the ingestion of every single item on McDonald’s menu.


News, Sports

9 Worse Calls Than Jim Joyce’s Flub

Carmel Lobello :: Thursday, June 3rd, 2010 5:49 pm

I think we can all agree that today is a great day to not be MLB umpire, Jim Joyce. After ruining Armando Galarra’s perfect game last night by erroneously calling a grounder to first base safe, Joyce has spent the day under vicious, unrelenting fire from fans, the press, and even U.S. Senators. After watching the tapes himself, he emotionally admitted that he had messed with baseball history and made one of the worst calls of his career. In an effort to ease some of the pressure on Joyce, we made a list of what we believe are nine far worse calls that have been made in the last century: MORE »



Kid Loses Nut From “Sack Tapping”

Carmel Lobello :: Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010 4:23 pm

This just in: punching your friends in the nuts as hard as you can is a terrible idea. “Sack Tapping”, the extremely popular high school “game” of seeing who can withstand the hardest blow to the groin has recently resulted in a kid having to have his testicle surgically removed. I’m not a urologist, or even a boy for that matter, but I totally could have told that kid that the “winner” of that game is actually the loser. Here are a couple other popular activities that look from here like they will eventually result in a hospital visit: MORE »



Brittany Murphy’s Husband Dead Now Too

Carmel Lobello :: Monday, May 24th, 2010 2:12 pm

Brittany Murphy’s widower was found dead yesterday in their Hollywood home. Simon Monjack, a British screenwriter, is being said to have died of “natural” causes at age 39. This could be true- he may have slipped in the shower, or suffered some other freaky, tragic, natural incident. But all I can think about is the massive pile of prescription meds that was found at their house 5 months ago when Brittany died.

I’m not a huge fan of Monjack’s work. I never saw Factory Girl, and don’t really have the inclination to, but over the past couple years it’s been feeling a bit how it must have in the 70’s when every few months another artist died of a drug overdose. It’s tragic to loose them, especially if their contribution has been personally touching, but also because in many ways, celebrities are just a public test group for the way our whole culture is acting. Lots of couples cheat on each other, and lots of people die of drug overdoses. And it looks like now, as of 2002, prescription drug overdoses have started outnumbering deaths from heroin and cocaine.

Here’s a quick look at a few of the public deaths from the 70’s and 80’s versus now: MORE »


New York, News

Miss Russia is Way More F-ed Up Than Miss USA

Carmel Lobello :: Wednesday, May 19th, 2010 2:08 pm

Leave it to Russia to one-up our ridiculous national scandals (or delights, depending on your point of view). Anna Malova, a former Miss Russia, just got arrested today outside a drug store in Greenwich Village for possession of narcotics, forgery, and criminal impersonation of a physician. If I were Rima Fakih right now, I’d be like, “Ahemm? Can we all just take second to examine exibit B and then reconsider the tragedy of what happened with me and my awesome tan body and that pole?



Comedy, YouTube

Conan Celebrates YouTube’s 5th Birthday

Carmel Lobello :: Monday, May 17th, 2010 11:01 pm

YouTube, my 2nd most important procrastination-device (over-checking my email still has 1st place) is turning 5 this week, and in celebration they’ve asked Conan O’Brien to share with us his top 5 all-time favorite videos. At only 5-years-old, The Tube can claim 2 billion uniques per day, not to mention 24 hours of new video uploaded every minute. When I was five I was learning to tie my shoe in exchange for a banana. So, in humble appreciation, MORE »