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21 Apr 14:08

The Easter Rocket War of Vrontados

Alecbugg

Incredibly cool

Every Easter, in the Greek village of Vrontados, members of rival churches sitting across a small valley stage a "Rocket War" by firing thousands of homemade rockets towards each other while services are held. The objective for each side is to strike the bell of the opposing church. The festival, called Rouketopolemos, has been celebrated by the churches of Agios Markos and Panagia Erithiani for at least 125 years, its exact origins a mystery. Gathered here are images of this rocket war from the past few years. [26 photos]



Rockets fly over bell tower of Agios Markos church during Greek Orthodox Easter celebrations on the eastern Aegean island of Chios on April 26, 2008. Two rival parishes of Vrontados village fire thousands of rockets every Easter Saturday aiming at the opposing church's bell tower in a centuries-old tradition. (Reuters/Yiorgos Karahalis)







17 Apr 19:55

The Secret Service Once Threatened to Deliver the “Kill Shot” to Mr. Met

by Kyle Scott
Alecbugg

This is fucking hilarious. I just keep imagining the giant Mr. Met head slowly nodding his agreement.

Photo credit: Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY Sports

Photo credit: Jim O’Connor-USA TODAY Sports

And that’s the favorite headline I’ve ever written.

In a new book chronicling his years as Mr. Met, AJ Mass recounts the events of April 15, 1997, the 50th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier, the day President Bill Clinton was in attendance at the Mets-Dodgers game, the day the Secret Service threatened to do what many of us may have wanted to do to Mr. Met for a long time– deliver the kill shot.

Here’s an excerpt from the book:

His back turned to us, the man in the dark suit extends his arm in our path, and we pause while he finishes up his conversation. He then wheels around and speaks to us in a very businesslike fashion. “Mr. Met,” he says, “here’s the deal. You do whatever it is you normally do and go about your business as usual. We won’t bother you anymore. I’ve made it clear that you no longer need to be searched at the checkpoints. Okay?”

I slowly nod my head, though not because of any mascot code of silence–no mascot worth his salt is going to be heard talking while in costume–but rather because this man exudes such an aura of authority when he speaks that I simply can’t muster up the courage to make even the slightest sound.

“Now listen to me very carefully,” he goes on, and as he continues to speak, he does something that nobody else has ever done in all my years as Mr. Met. He isn’t looking up, as everyone automatically does when talking to me. Most people, out of habit, make eye contact with the person they are talking to, even if the person appears to be a giant living baseball. I’ve gotten used to seeing people’s necks when they address me, as they crane to meet what appears to be my gaze.

But the man in the dark suit is staring directly into the recess of Mr. Met’s mouth, knowing full well that even though he isn’t able to see inside, it’s exactly where I am looking out from. It’s hard to explain how utterly creeped out I am by this. The closest thing I can compare it to is the opening scene of the movie Scream, in which Drew Barrymore’s character answers what she thinks is a harmless crank call and the strange voice on the other end innocently asks her what her name is. When she playfully asks why he wants to know, the voice says menacingly, “Because I want to know who I’m looking at!” In an instant, Drew knows she’s in a whole lot of trouble. That’s exactly the vibe I’m starting to get from the man in the dark suit. Needless to say, he has my full attention.

“We have snipers all around the stadium, just in case something were to happen,” he says. “Like I said, do whatever it is you normally do. Nobody will bother you. But approach the president, and we go for the kill shot. Are we clear?”

He pauses for a moment to let the words sink in, and it feels like he isn’t only looking into my eyes, but also into my very soul with his blank, unblinking stare. Then he says the same thing again, only a little bit slower this time, making sure I know his warning is not in any way to be misconstrued as some sort of gag. He’s dead serious, and if I don’t believe him, then I’ll be dead–seriously.

“Approach the president, and we go for the kill shot,” he repeats. “ARE–WE–CLEAR?”

Unfortunately, Mr. Met never approached the President.*

*Joking aside, I like Mr. Met. His head is a baseball! Heh! Gets me every time.

14 Apr 18:00

The New Guy Will Fall For Anything

16 Apr 13:00

The Most Realistic Game Ever

Alecbugg

Now you see why Candy Crush is the best

The Most Realistic Game Ever

 

 

08 Apr 19:57

Burger Porn From Rex 1516

by Jason Sheehan
Alecbugg

"In Queso Emergency"

Just like Bob's Burgers!

QuesoBurgerRexSo you guys know that chef Justin Swain at Rex 1516 does a different custom burger every week, right? He announces it on Tuesdays on Twitter, runs it as a special on Tuesday and Wednesday night, then moves onto something new for next week. He’s been doing it for some time now, but for whatever reason (possibly the bacon and queso) this week’s “In Queso Emergency” burger caught my eye and made me very, very hungry.

For those of you who are into it, it’ll be on the menu tonight in all it’s bacon-y and cheese-y glory. You can get it as part of the  Citywide burger promo–meaning the burger, a pint of Newbold and a shot of Buffalo Trace bourbon can all be yours for just $15.

Rex 1516 [f8b8z]

A whole bunch more burger shots [Instagram]

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04 Apr 16:00

Jurassic Park's Yelp Page Is Hilariously Accurate (PHOTO)

by Drew Taylor
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Rule of thumb: things involving "Jurassic Park" will always be funny. Case in point: a mock Yelp page for the park (courtesy of Mandatory) that will have you howling like a velociraptor in heat. Seriously... this could have been really dumb but it's kind of perfect.

Not only are the "Recommended Reviews" on the phony page amazing ("Great place to visit if you feel like dying") but the longer reviews are just as terrific, like the one attributed to "Tim M.," the young character in the movie played by Joseph Mazzello. "This place started off cool. My grandpa invited me for the grand opening and I really like dinosaurs..." his review reads. Then later: "SPOILER ALERT: The dinosaurs were pissed!" (Even better is the one attributed to the Jeff Goldblum's character, Ian Malcolm. But we're not going to spoil that.) LOL x 65 million

But don't just look at the obvious -- check out the "People Who Viewed This Also Viewed" sidebar and other goodies on the page. For the little review of the Temple of Doom, the comment was "Seeing all the kids working is kind of a buzzkill. And I didn't' even get to ride a mine cart." Yes.

This Yelp page is an embarrassment of riches. Please, please drink up.
08 Apr 02:02

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05 Apr 12:00

NPR's April Fools Prank Was Deliciously Evil This Year

Alecbugg

Perfect

NPR's April Fools Prank Was Deliciously Evil This Year

When the article was shared out to social networks, little to no context was visible, which is exactly what the folks at NPR were hoping for. Sure enough, the comments started pouring in.

Submitted by: (via Uproxx)

04 Apr 17:44

It’s no fun being short

by Jonco

 Too short

Thanks L&L

 

03 Apr 15:35

Animals Fleeing Yellowstone Park

by Jonco

Is Yellowstone Supervolcano Eruption Imminent?

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming: Could the Supervolcano which has been dormant for the past 650,000 years be ready to erupt again?  If you listen to some animal experts, that answer is a definitive “yes”.

Read all about it. Thanks Tommy Salami

Update:  Yellowstone has put out this video a couple of days ago to help control the recent rumors.

 

02 Apr 15:54

Pre-Gaming: Game Of Thrones Brunch At City Tap House

by Jason Sheehan
Alecbugg

Fire and Blood Red Ale mmmmmmm

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The Walking Dead might be done for the season, but hard on the heels of the disaster at Terminus, we have the premier of Game of Thrones, happening Sunday night on HBO. And in order to prepare for it, you know what you’re going to need? Beer. Lots and lots of beer.

So be thankful that City Tap House has you covered with their Game Of Thrones brunch, happening Sunday morning, mere hours before the big premier.

So on Sunday, April 6, beginning at 11am, City Tap House will celebrate by tapping kegs of all three of Brewery Ommegang’s GOT-inspired beers–Take The Black Stout, Iron Throne Blonde and Fire & Blood Red Ale. And chef Chad Vetter and his kitchen are getting in on the action, too, putting together a menu to pair with the beers. Which means a Flea Bottom Bowl of Brown (country fried steak with brown gravy, potato hash and fried egg) to go with the stout, Arya’s Lemon Cakes (lemon pancakes with berry compote and honey-thyme butter) with the blonde and Stark’s Poultry Pie (pulled duck with green onion and mushroom gravy, topped with puff pastry and poached egg) to go with the ale.

The beers are all available on a pay-as-you-drink basis, or you can get a flight–all three (plus a fourth Ommegang beer of your choice) for $15. And as a bonus, if you get reservations to the brunch (which you can by calling the Tap House at 215-662-0105), you’ll do your drinking from a commemorative Ommegang / Game Of Thrones chalice. Classy, right?

City Tap House [f8b8z]

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31 Mar 21:30

Adding a Little Evil Laughter to Your Morning Commute

27 Mar 21:03

First trip through the car wash

by Jonco

Yngvi H from Iceland sends along this video of his grandson’s reaction to his first trip through a car wash.  Cute!

Thanks Yngvi 

 

28 Mar 17:32

Use a fitted sheet at the beach

by Jonco
Alecbugg

Interesting. But you's still have sand on your feet. There's no way you could keep it clean.

Fitted sheets at the beach

Thanks Mike (from Spain)

 

28 Mar 12:00

The Ultimate Tell-Off

28 Mar 14:31

Con Artist

Bird unties man's shoe to steal his food - AnimalsBeingDicks.com

You see Frank, it’s all about the art of misdirection. 

27 Mar 15:15

'Barbershop 3' Is Finally Happening, and It Only Took 10 Years

by Drew Taylor
Alecbugg

FINALLY

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It's been 10 years, ten long years, since the last entry in the "Barbershop" franchise. Sometimes I'll wake up late at night wondering what kind of new hair style Ice Cube could be perfecting, and what kind of banter the guys at the shop are carrying on about. Thankfully, all of my hypothesizing will come to an end because MGM has just closed a "mid-seven-figure deal" (according to Deadline) with one-man wrecking crew Ice Cube and part of that deal calls for the long, long, long awaited "Barbershop 3."

There are no plot details or any sort of casting specifics yet, although the intent is to bring back Queen Latifah (who carried over her character to the "Barbershop" spin-off film "Beauty Shop") and Cedric the Entertainer. Is it too early to start a petition to have Kevin Hart appear in the three-quel? No? Good!

Cube has been having a great 2014 -- his action comedy "Ride Along" (with Hart) turned out to be a surprise hit, with a sequel already being worked on (filming starts in June) and Cube will appear in this summer's surefire smash "22 Jump Street" alongside Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill, where he'll reprising his role from the original film. As Deadline also notes, Cube is producing "Straight Outta Compton," the NWA biopic directed by F. Gary Gray that charts the rise of the gangster hip hop group that gave rise to Cube, Easy E and Dr. Dre.

MGM is all about franchises these days, with them re-launching "Poltergeist," producing a sort-of sequel to "Hot Tub Time Machine," and finding "franchise potential" in the forthcoming Rock-led "Hercules."
26 Mar 15:18

Lifestyles of the Rich and Phillies

by Kyle Scott
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Photo via Laura Goldman

On this day, the day we learned that CSN is raising their rates to cover their $2.5 billion deal with the Phillies, I thought I’d take a moment to share with you the progress on co-owner John Middleton’s and Ryan Howard’s Florida mansions.

 

Middleton

This comes to us via Laura Goldman, who has obtained some photos of construction on Middleton’s absurd Palm Beach house. From Goldman:

The Middletons have been building a mansion on the northern end of the island of Palm Beach, Florida for the last 3 years. Much to the chagrin of neighbors, who including the Duponts, the construction noise at the house might continue into 2015. Progress on the mega mansion is proceeding slowly because Palm Beach enforces strictly, especially during the season, the time each day that the contractors are allowed to work

The oceanfront property boasts a large main house, two guest houses, servant quarters, and 10 car garage to store Middleton’s antique car collections. As one neighbor noted, “The house is so big that the guest house has a guest house.”

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Photo via Laura Goldman

You can see more pics here.

Howard

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Pic via reader Greg

Pic via reader Greg

Meanwhile, The Big Piece’s mansion– coming along nicely.

26 Mar 17:29

While discussing the non-stop production updates, character casting announcements and plot reveals in online movie "news"...

by MRTIM
Alecbugg

Valid


25 Mar 11:25

Death takes a break

by Jonco

Break1

Break2

Break3

Break4

Break5

Thanks Mike (from Spain)

 

 

25 Mar 13:59

NYC Freedom Tower B.A.S.E. Jump

by Jonco
Alecbugg

Awesome

This jump was in September of last year.  These guys were arrested on Monday.  Read all about it.

 

17 Mar 20:46

Prep Day: Petruce et al, In Pictures

by Jason Sheehan
Alecbugg

I love these pictures

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They just got the ovens lit up two days ago. Last night, they did the first menu test for the servers–which, according to Justin Petruce (who’s running this namesake joint, along with brother Jonathan) did not go smoothly.

“It was kind of a shitshow,” he laughs. Not everything on the menu worked. Not everything came out on the plate as good as it sounded on paper. So today, he’s tinkering. His brother is tinkering. The whole kitchen crew is tinkering–playing with the new, wood-burning ovens and adjusting the amount of black garlic that goes with the pork and getting turnips ready to go in the oven–while, down in the bar area, George Costa tries to get the POS system working, gives up and starts buffing and polishing the floors instead.

It’s a prep day at Petruce et al. With four days left before the first paying guests come through the door, the brothers are re-thinking the menu, worrying about an inspector that’s due any minute and looking ahead to tonight when, at 6pm, they’re going to be doing another dinner–friends and family this time–where the food has to be…well, better.

Still, even with all of this going on, they let me in to snap some photos of the space, the ovens, the supplies, the prep lists, and just generally get in everyone’s way. So you wanna get an idea of what Petruce is going to look like when it opens this Friday? Then just check out the photos after the jump.

DSC05436.jpg-petruceThe bar isn’t set up yet (that’s something else to worry about later today, after the inspectors have come and gone), but you can get an idea here of the size of it.

DSC05435.jpg-petruceFrom the front door, looking back through the bar to the dining room beyond. It’s a long, deep, narrow space–but not quite as skinny as it looks here. There are booths tucked in all along that right-hand wall.

DSC05437.jpg-petruceBooths which will mostly look like this.

DSC05440.jpg-petruceThe main dining room at Petruce et al, a few days before opening.

DSC05441.jpg-petruceThe kitchen crew getting set up for the morning.

DSC05442.jpg-petruceDon’t let those pretty ovens fool you (like they did me). A naan flatbread with goat, chickpea and pickled turnip is about as close to pizza as anything in this place gets. And when’s the last time you had a goat-and-pickled-turnip pizza?

DSC05443.jpg-petruceThe batterie de cuisine of an open-flame kitchen.

DSC05444.jpg-petruceArtichokes, for the trout with almonds, lemon and Calabrian chile.

DSC05445.jpg-petrucePetruce’s wood-burning grill, just getting warmed up for the day.

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DSC05460.jpg-petruceJustin Petruce’s prep list for the day.

DSC05453.jpg-petruceAnd this is part of sous chef Chuck Formoso’s list for the day.

petruce-oven-940The wood-burning oven in action.

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All Petruce et al coverage [f8b8z]

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10 Mar 18:13

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12 Mar 18:00

Great Job, Internet!: Matthew McConaughey’s Wolf Of Wall Street chest thump gets a dance remix

by Katie Rife
Alecbugg

Yes

In typical, understated-yet-crazy Matthew McConaughey fashion, the newly minted Oscar winner claims that his chest-thumping schtick from The Wolf Of Wall Street was no big deal. In a press junket interview for The Showbiz 411 in February, McConaughey explained:

“It’s something I do from time to time to relax myself before a scene, or to get my voice lower, and I’ll do it to whatever the rhythm of the character in in the scene. I was doing it before takes, and Leonardo [DiCaprio] had the idea of ‘Why don’t you put that in the scene?’ so I did.” 

It might be nothing but a warmup exercise, but the Internet has gone crazy for McConaughey’s scene-stealing chest thump. And when the Internet goes crazy for something, it gets a dance remix, so here it is, courtesy of VJ/remix artist Jonny Wilson, a.k.a. Eclectic Method:


11 Mar 05:40

Запредельно крут

10 Mar 01:00

#519: Dead Men Tell No Tales

by Chicago Public Media
Alecbugg

The article is insane. I can't wait to listen to this one.

Last May, a weird story made the news: the FBI killed a guy in Florida who was loosely linked to the Boston Marathon bombings. He was shot seven times in his living room by a federal agent. What really happened? Why was the FBI even in that room with him? A reporter spent six months looking into it, and she found that the FBI was doing a bunch of things that never made the news. Her Boston Magazine story.
06 Mar 03:25

Tale of the Tape: SPOT Gourmet Burgers, Steaks, & Pork

by Arthur Etchells

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As we continue the Year of the Cheesesteak, we’ll be taking a look at cheesesteak spots that are new, been flying under the radar or been suggested to us. Today, we visit the SPOT Burgers truck at The Porch at 30th Street Station. Yes, SPOT Burgers has gotten plenty of rightful ink for their hamburgers but you cannot sleep on owner Josh Kim’s cheesesteaks.

SPOT Gourmet Burgers, Steaks & Pork
Various locations including 33rd and Arch and The Porch
484-620-6901

Roll: Conshohocken Bakery

Meat: Sirloin, cut daily, not frozen.

Onion: Sauteed and flavorful.

Cheese: American, Cheddar, Sharp Provolone, Whiz, Blue, Smoked Mozzarella, Pepper Jack, Swiss

Price: $8.00

Pro Tip: Yes, go for the cheesesteak but return to check out Kim’s specials board. Past specials include a lobster roll, Sloppy Joe and if you’re lucky, might include a bison cheesesteak next week.

Kim, who has had SPOT Burgers cart since February of 2012 does the cheesesteak right. He takes fresh sirloin that he slices himself, seasons it well with salt and pepper and then cooks it up on the griddle in his small cart.

The Verdict

This is one of the best cheesesteaks we’ve come across in a long time. Well seasoned, excellent and ample amount of  beef. Seek out a SPOT Burger cheesesteak now.

Spot Burgers can often found at 33rd and Arch Streets on Drexel's campus. Cheesesteak ordered with Whiz and fried onions. Closeup. Check out the seasoning, a difference you can see and taste. Soft but sturdy Conshohocken Bakery roll.

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Year of the Cheesesteak
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28 Feb 03:17

Twerk It!

by Jonco

Twerk it

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28 Feb 15:15

Connor Barwin Seems Like a Really Smart, Cool Dude

by Kyle Scott
Alecbugg

He's awesome

Photo credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Photo credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Connor Barwin wrote a lengthy piece on MMQB today about NFL locker room culture, which has been the subject of much discussion after the Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin clusterfuck and Michael Sam’s coming out. An excerpt:

I am sure an MLB clubhouse has its perks, hockey players must be really fun to crush beers with, and the NBA is probably, well . . . an interesting place to work. (Can you imagine having a locker next to J.R. Swish?) But in my estimation, absolutely nothing compares to an NFL locker room. I played a lot of different sports growing up. None of them quite creates the brotherhood, the camaraderie, the fraternity that exists on a football team. Dating back to high school, two-a-day practices in 90-degree heat, lifting weights before school started, varsity jackets, all these things serve to create a bond that didn’t exist among other teams. We sacrificed together, we sweated together, we bled together. The times we had in the locker room back then were some of the greatest (albeit most juvenile) memories of my life. And to be honest, many of us haven’t grown up very much since.

What we end up with in the NFL is a room full of 65 of the most athletic, driven, and—let’s face it—reckless men in the country. Not many sane, rational individuals would voluntarily choose to play a game that threatens to take years off your life, possibly lead to CTE, and leave your joints feeling like rusty bicycle chains. What you do have, however, is one of the most diverse melting pots in the world. “Parks and Rec” has nothing on the character ensemble I work with every day. Cowboys from Texas locker next to rappers from L.A., guys blasting “Yeezus” on the stereo across from guys talking about Jesus with the chaplain, married guys with three kids next to married guys with three girlfriends.

This is a really good piece from Barwin. It’s your recommended reading for the day.

27 Feb 17:11

This is the Best Thing Today

by Kyle Scott
Alecbugg

This is well done

Well, we have our winner for the day.

You remember that Jeff Gordon Pepsi MAX commercial from a year or so ago where he took a car salesman for a thrill ride? Of course you do! Travis Okulski, from Jalopnik, thought it was fake, and wrote an article about how fake he thought it was. It wasn’t fake, though (so says Pepsi), and to prove it Gordon picked up Okulski from his Charlotte hotel and took him on a high-speed police chase.

Okulski posted the video – what amounts to a Pepsi MAX ad – on Jalopknik today. He wrote:

I keep to myself in cabs. But one thing that gets my attention is a driver with a neck tattoo telling me that he just got out of jail after 10 years and that the cop behind is making him nervous. And especially when he starts a police chase while yelling “I can’t go back.” I thought this was the end.

Nope. This is how NASCAR champ Jeff Gordon gets revenge.

Well played.