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24 May 20:46

Game of Thrones’ Kristian Nairn Explains His Theory on Hodor

by Jennifer Vineyard

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Spoilers ahead for the most recent episode of Game of Thrones.

Kristian Nairn, who plays the much-beloved Hodor on Game of Thrones, once told us how he'd like his character to die. "It would be like a Michael Bay film," he imagined. "Lots of fireworks and explosions. Huge transforming robots falling out of the sky. I die with a cyber-spear in my chest. Is that dramatic enough?" But the actual death scene he got in Sunday's episode was far more moving than anything we could have dreamed up. Nairn chatted with Vulture to help us through our grieving process.

I am so heartbroken!
[Laughs.] I can hear it in your voice. I'm glad to hear that, in a perverse way.

While it's so sad, it's also a confusing scene for some people, so I'm wondering if you can help explain what exactly happened here.
Where would you like me to begin? This is my understanding of it, and it's just my interpretation — I could be completely wrong. The way I saw it was, obviously there was Bran in the past, watching the rerun, and shit starts to go down in the present day. The White Walkers arrive, and when Meera starts to shout at him to warg into Hodor, think of it like a telephone call. The lines start to get crossed. Bran has almost this physical force, like electricity, which he can use to engage with the brains of animals, and obviously Hodor as well. And he just didn't know how to make that call from within the past, and he didn't really know what he was doing. And somehow, the call got connected to the wrong Hodor. It got caught in some kind of temporal ...  and he didn't understand this, either. You can see that on his face. He didn't know what he'd done. When poor Wylis starts having a seizure, you can see him get increasingly concerned. He knew he'd done something, but what? It created some kind of vortex, and it sort of erased poor Wylis, and left him like an echo chamber. It wiped his brain.

So it wasn't Bran's fault.
A few people have said, "Was it actually Bran who killed Hodor? Was he the one making him hold the door and stuff?" I don't think so. Meera was the one who said, "Hold the door," not Bran. And Hodor was terrified. He wanted to run down that corridor. That wasn't the fearsome warged Hodor of breaking Locke's neck fame. That was just normal Hodor. I think when he warged Hodor, it was just to get him up on his feet, more like slapping the side of a horse. Like, "Come on! Get up! We need you here!" It was just a jolt of electricity. It wasn't a full warg. That's my interpretation of it, and I think that's fairly close to the truth.

So the moment when Hodor holds the door is actually pure Hodor, not Bran-warging-Hodor.
It's very much coming from Hodor, because otherwise Meera wouldn't have had to ask him. Or she would be talking to Bran, not Hodor.

Do you think as Wylis grew up and later encountered Bran, that he recognized him? Did he live with the knowledge of his own impending death, the way Jojen did?
No. I don't think he recognizes Bran. I don't think when he saw Bran in his real, everyday life, his reaction was, "Oh, that's that little bastard from the courtyard. I'm gonna steer away from him!" I don't think he remembers. But he does feel a bond with Bran, because obviously Bran's been in his brain before. They were always sort of fated to be together. People say that Bran changed things, but has he really? Or was it always meant to happen?

It seems more like a closed loop.
Yeah, it's a closed loop. And that's what I love about this. It's answered questions, but it's also raised more which are unanswered. I love that. We've lost Hodor, but we're always going to have a bit of an enigma here. It's always fun to have your own theory, even if it's completely fucking wrong.

We're sometimes wrong when we theorize about these things, but at least a few fans were proven to be right about Hodor. One in 2008, and another who got in an elevator with George R.R. Martin and joked, "It's clear to me now that Hodor is short for 'hold the door.'" George told him, "You don't know how close to the truth you are!"
Wow. That's really annoying, because I've asked George many times, and he wouldn't tell me! So after all those wasted drinks I bought him, all I had to do was get in an elevator with him. You know, I tried to get him drunk, and it didn't work. It's alright. Someone else told me about the person who accurately predicted it, but these days, every time I open up my Facebook profile, I'll see all these sites with "Top 15 Theories," or "Top 20 Things That Might Happen in Next Week's Game of Thrones," and I go, "Oh my God. One of these is bound to get it right! Stop ruining it for yourself!" People have gone nuts. Breaking Bad didn't suffer the way we're suffering here. I didn't go on Facebook and say, "Uh, next week on Breaking Bad, he's going to take this meth and he's going to sell it." You know what I mean? People are trying to predict what we're going to bloody do! It's like, Stop it!

But everyone is so grateful for the level of passion that the fans have for this show. It's the best thing about it. I love the fans, even in their weird, silly ways. I'm the same way about things I'm passionate about. I'm a fan of things. I'm annoying. I'm in London at the moment so I can go to the Warcraft premiere on Wednesday, and I've got all my T-shirts and everything, and I'll be in the front.

Do people ever find you on World of Warcraft? Do they want to play with you?
I'm sort of hidden there. At first, I thought it would be a good idea because I love to interact with people, but I've had to pull back a little over the years as things have grown, because I realized I was spending most of my time staring at Twitter or Facebook, and it was getting annoying. And Warcraft to me is such an escape. But people would be like, "Oh my God, did you see that episode? What happened?!" And I just want to kill shit. I just want to hunt the monster. I don't want to talk about Game of Thrones there. As much as I appreciate it, that's my holiday. So I kind of disappeared into the ether. But some people know who I am. I run about the place with two little pets — one's called Nairn, and one's called Hodor. So it's pretty obvious. [Laughs.]

Did you see the rap battle between Hodor and Groot?
Yeah, I saw that. [Chuckles.] I don't know how to react to things like that. I think they're funny. I think people have too much time on their hands, but they're very creative. I'm just getting too old. The grumpier and older I am, the better.

You can't be grumpy about Hodor!
It's so beautiful, the fan reaction. I remember being at a convention, and a lady came up to me, and she had her son or nephew with her, and he was severely autistic. And she said that whenever Hodor came on the screen, he would light up, and he would start to talk. Apparently, he rarely spoke. But he would say, "Hodor." So I made him a video, and the reaction was incredible. I cried like a baby.

25 May 17:25

Santa Monica Writer Says Her Elitist Anti-Expo Line Story Had 'Best Of Intentions'

by Carman Tse
Santa Monica Writer Says Her Elitist Anti-Expo Line Story Had 'Best Of Intentions' One writer is afraid of the "new people" the Expo Line will bring to Santa Monica. [ more › ]
25 May 15:00

James Turrell: Early Work

by David Behringer

turrell rulz

James Turrell: Early Work

James Turrell transformed the Guggenheim into a tripped-out color-changing alien space ship in 2013. Right now, he’s showcasing his first experiments with light at Pace Gallery in two locations in New York.

Stufe, Blue. 1968

Stufe, Blue. 1968

Gard, White. 1967

Gard, White. 1967

Each piece consists of a simple geometric shape projected against the corner of a room. That’s it… and it’s amazing. Conceived in the mid-60s, Turrell first displayed these works in a vacant hotel, which may explain the construction of single rooms for each sculpture, a lowered gallery ceiling, and the carpeted floors, only for this exhibition.

Afrum, Pale Pink. 1967

Afrum, Pale Pink. 1967

Though I’ve never seen the apparatus for projections, I read recently that he uses silver-taped 35mm slides. If, like me, you entered art school pre-2000s, you’re familiar with the silver tape you use to “crop” the slides in your art portfolio (so the wall would appear completely black) – which is exactly what he used to mask these shapes by hand. As one would expect, he was also extremely particular about the projector itself, first using a Leitz slide projector, then a custom Xenon projector (if you’re interested, read the full technical journey here).

Pullen, Blue. 1968

Pullen, Blue. 1968

As HoloLens and this CRAZY Tilt Brush become reality, these analog projections aren’t losing their magic. First, it’s amazing that Turrell successfully achieved the illusion of solid and three-dimensional volume without a computer or video projector, let alone virtual reality goggles. But now viewing these works 50 years later (!!!), their non-digital elements are refreshingly realistic. For example, a grain of dust occasionally and accidentally clings to the edge of a slide in the projector, which translates on the wall to something resembling a hand-cut paper edge. These tiny “flaws” feel more tangible and object-like than a perfect pixelated line, without betraying the work’s precision.

Afrum, Pale Pink. 1967 (detail)

Afrum, Pale Pink. 1967 (detail)

The collection spans two locations of Pace Gallery, and each space includes a unique bonus. In Chelsea, that bonus is a collection of 36 drawings: the 6 projections on view PLUS 30 more variations!

James Turrell, Gard from Projection Piece Drawings, 1970-1971

James Turrell, Gard from Projection Piece Drawings, 1970-1971

James Turrell, Juke from Projection Piece Drawings, 1970-1971

James Turrell, Juke from Projection Piece Drawings, 1970-1971

I love the efficiency of his drawing process. It appears as if each work is made up a print or xerox copy of gridded lines. onto which he drew a red shape, and then used white-out to remove the unwanted lines inside. You can see it best below, and even better in person.

James Turrell, Jones-Jones from Projection Piece Drawings, 1970-1971

James Turrell, Jones-Jones from Projection Piece Drawings, 1970-1971

The “bonus” in the midtown gallery location is a series of recent holograms! Created in 2014/2015, they are physically IMPOSSIBLE to photograph, so you either need to run up there immediately, or stretch your imagination while you view the photograph below: This is a holographic green triangle that extends into thin air, straight out from the glass, towards the viewer. It gradually fades into nothing as it reaches the limit of how far a hologram can project away from its source… which Turrell has stretched to nearly a foot.

Untitled (XXXII E) October 2014, reflection hologram

Untitled (XXXII E) October 2014, reflection hologram

Finally, I want to give a quick shout-out to the unrecognized graphic designers of gallery postcards in general, and whoever designed the material for this show in particular. I’ve seen a number of super-smart gallery postcards, and this one impressed me with it’s simple yet brilliant solution to representing one of these corner light works. Nailed it.


A note on photography: This the selfie show of the season. Everyone looks amazing under this lighting.  I pulled a few of my favorites below.


But notice that the Instagram photographs and the postcard above it are the SAME piece (Afrum, Pale Pink) and look COMPLETELY different. The problem is that smart phones, in addition to overexposing the cube, white-balance to the ambient light and therefore make the cube look white. The gallery postcard also doesn’t look correct: it may be “technically true” but it certainly does not look that pink to the naked eye in the gallery at all. So my personal strategy to represent these accurately for this article was to photograph each piece twice with two different exposures to capture the projection and the wall independently (see below on left). I then used the Brushes app on my iPad to sketch a color study in the gallery (the “glow” of the iPad resembled the effect better than a colored pencil on paper), which I used later to color correct in Photoshop when I merged the two exposures.  It’s not scientific, and still probably not 100% accurate, but it is the absolute closest I could get to what the actual real experience looks like in person. Go check it out.

Process of Photographing Turrell: Two Exposures, iPad Color Study, Final Correction

Process of photographing Turrell by the author: Two Exposures, iPad Color Study, Final Correction

What: James Turrell: 67 68 69
Where: Pace Gallery, 534 W 25th St & 32 East 57th St
When: May 5 – June 17, 2016

All photographs of projections by the author, David Behringer.
Photographs of drawings by Kerry Ryan McFate / Pace Gallery, © 2016 James Turrell, Pace Gallery
Instagram images via: @edythehughes @sugarwang @_kimgoon

25 May 19:01

Hodor doorstops have officially taken over the internet

by Crystal Ro

Hodor doorstops have officially taken over the internet

Hodor doorstops have officially taken over the internet
25 May 16:30

Oregon Fraternity Says That Trashing a California Lake Isn't a Reflection of Their 'Core Values'

by Stassa Edwards
Oregon Fraternity Says That Trashing a California Lake Isn't a Reflection of Their 'Core Values'

Over the weekend, six photographs showing mounds of garbage left on Slaughterhouse Island, a popular party spot at Shasta-Trinity National Forest in Northern California, were posted to Facebook. “Here is what a group of University of Oregon students left (they are gone) on Slaughterhouse Island on Lake Shasta,” Jennifer Vick Cox captioned the photoset. “Way to represent your school...” she added.

The photographs show everything from discarded tents to sleeping bags, University of Oregon emblazoned flip flops and bags, plastic chairs, as well as garbage of the Greek variety: plastic cups with paint-penned letters and coolers with fraternity colors and letters. It’s the special kind of frat party garbage, monogrammed garbage that probably reeks of Natty Light, the kind that puts a fraternity’s indelible marker on the earth, proclaiming the presence of brothers interesting enough to write, “Do you wanna do some blow man?” on a cooler. The cooler, as well as other objects, had the letters of the University of Oregon’s Lambda Chi Alpha’s fraternity painted on them.

Oregon Fraternity Says That Trashing a California Lake Isn't a Reflection of Their 'Core Values'

Willamette Week reports that parties in the area are common and trips to the lake are an annual event for fraternities and sororities on the West Coast. Phyllis Swanson, a spokesperson for Shasta-Trinity National Forest, told Willamette Week that she estimates around 1,000 people were on Slaughterhouse Island over the weekend, with “60 houseboats plus some patio boats.” Trash isn’t particularly unusual after a “Shasta weekend,” but Swanson said the amount left behind this time was striking.

“What was different about this one,” Swanson told The Oregonian, “is they left behind an incredible amount of trash.”

According to the Willamette Week, the Forest Service wasn’t initially aware of the party and subsequent aftermath, rather, they came across the photos on social media. Park rangers found:

Between 90 and 100 abandoned tents were found on the island, along with sleeping bags, air mattresses, personal belongings, food and “of course alcohol.”

By Sunday, the park had picked up 10 yards of garbage and still had more to clean up. Videos from local news stations show park rangers loading the garbage into a special military boat in order to haul it away.

Though “Shasta weekends” are unofficial trips, unsanctioned by the University of Oregon, the university took the rare step of commenting on the situation. In a statement from Robin Holmes, Vice President for Student Life, the university condemned the behavior:

The manner in which the Shasta-Trinity forest area was left is disgraceful. Trips to this area have become an annual event for fraternities and sororities all along the West Coast.

It is one the University of Oregon does not sponsor or condone in any way.

The university is actively investigating the situation and will take action as appropriate. We are working with authorities to learn all we can and determine who is responsible.

One national fraternity organization, Lambda Chi Alpha, has taken the commendable step of suspending all of its UO chapter’s activities until the situation is addressed. We hope other national organizations will follow their lead.

In a statement on the Facebook page, Oregon’s Lambda Chi Alpha said they were investigating the incident:

The Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity is guided by seven core values: Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Service & Stewardship, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage. Unfortunately, the individuals who committed the destruction to Lake Shasta recently seen on social media did not uphold these values. We are partnering with the University of Oregon, and the International Headquarters of the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, to investigate this situation. We will, in no uncertain terms, hold the individuals who did this accountable.


Until the investigation into this matter is complete, and all disciplinary actions have been implemented, effective immediately there will be no Chapter activities of any kind. We are taking this seriously and are working to come through this showing our alumni, our university, and our community exactly what it means to be a Lambda Chi Alpha Brother.

As for the rangers at Lake Shasta, they continue to clean up the mess left behind. Swanson said that, in addition to the spot documented on social media, the rangers found another garbage-strewn site on Monday. She also said that law enforcement was involved (dumping in state parks is illegal) but it’s unlikely that arrests will be made.

The park hopes to have the area cleaned and ready for Memorial Day. No word on whether or not Lambda Chi Alpha, or the other houses involved, will pay for clean up and damages.

Images via Facebook/Jennifer Vick Cox.

25 May 15:50

Forever In the Dog House, These Men Live Their Lives as 'Human Pups'

by Madeleine Davies
Forever In the Dog House, These Men Live Their Lives as 'Human Pups'

A new documentary about “pup play,” the (often though not always sexual) act of dressing and inhabiting the role of a dog while another person takes on the role of handler or trainer, is about to be unleashed on Great Britain’s Channel 4, bringing new focus to a subculture that—according to some members—is ready to go mainstream.

Nell Frizzell at The Guardian explains:

Secret Life of the Human Pups is a sympathetic look at the world of pup play, a movement that grew out of the BDSM community and has exploded in the last 15 years as the internet made it easier to reach out to likeminded people. While the pup community is a broad church, human pups tend to be male, gay, have an interest in dressing in leather, wear dog-like hoods, enjoy tactile interactions like stomach rubbing or ear tickling, play with toys, eat out of bowls and are often in a relationship with their human “handlers.”

In the documentary, viewers are introduced to Tom, a theater engineer, whose relationship with his fiancée Rachel (pictured up top), ended after he realized his pup identity and moved into a relationship with his trainer, Colin.

“I wouldn’t say it was the catalyst [of our breakup], but it was the straw that broke the camel’s back,” he tells The Guardian. “Then I had this moment of panic because a puppy without a collar is a stray; they don’t have anyone to look after them. I started chatting to Colin online and he offered to look after me. It’s a sad thing to say, but there’s not love from the heart in me for Colin–but what I have got is someone who is there for me and I’m happy with that.”

While pup play isn’t a new phenomenon, its previous existence has mostly been behind closed doors—either at home, in chat rooms, or in private clubs. (“Members of my pack, we spend a lot of time together at home just being dogs,” explains a human pup named Kaz. “There’s nine of us and my partner is our handler. A big part of it is a feeling of family and belonging; we’re there to look after each other.”)

But as the world becomes increasingly open to a wider range of sexual identities, some human pups are looking for broader acceptance.

“It feels like you can be gay, straight, bisexual, trans and be accepted,” says Tom. “All I want is for the pup community to be accepted in the same way. We’re not trying to cause grief to the public, or cause grief to relationships. We’re just the same as any other person on the high street.”

So what, according to human pups, is the appeal of pup play? For some, like Tom, it’s about freedom, fun, and animal instinct:

“You’re not worrying about money, or food, or work. It’s just the chance to enjoy each other’s company on a very simple level.”

For others, like Kaz, it’s about expressing one’s true canine identity:

“Even when I worked in PC World I would sometimes walk up to people and nip at their shirt. I got in trouble once; someone walked into the PC repair centre and I had part of their dad’s computer in my mouth. But the other staff knew I was like that to everyone. They didn’t find it weird.”

At home, he eats out of a dog bowl:

“It’s just nice, it makes me feel comfortable...But I always eat with a knife and fork and at a table. Otherwise it’s time-consuming and you can’t watch TV.”

Dogs do love their stories.

Secret Life of the Human Pups premieres in the U.K. on Channel 4, May 25 at 10pm.

Image via Richard Ansett/Channel 4.

24 May 03:57

Riverdale Has Gotten Pretty Dark

by Aimée Lutkin
Riverdale Has Gotten Pretty Dark

We were warned that the CW treatment of the beloved Archie comics would be “surprising and subversive,” but some of the new series’ plot points revealed at their upfront are pretty grim. For starters, Archie is Pacey Wittering it up with music teacher, Ms. Grundy.

Slashfilm shared the pilot’s official synopsis, and these kids are facing some serious challenges including DUN DUN DUN murder:

As a new school year begins, the town of Riverdale is reeling from the recent, tragic death of high school golden boy Jason Blossom — and nothing feels the same… Archie Andrews (KJ Apa) is still the all-American teen, but the summer’s events made him realize that he wants to pursue a career in music — not follow in his dad’s footsteps—despite the sudden end of his forbidden relationship with Riverdale’s young music teacher, Ms. Grundy (Sarah Habel). Which means Archie doesn’t have anyone who will mentor him — certainly not singer Josie McCoy (Ashleigh Murray), who is only focused on her band, the soon-to-be-world-famous Pussycats. It’s all weighing heavily on Archie’s mind — as is his fractured friendship with budding writer and fellow classmate Jughead Jones (Cole Sprouse). Meanwhile, girl-next-door Betty Cooper (Lili Reinhart) is anxious to see her crush Archie after being away all summer, but she’s not quite ready to reveal her true feelings to him. And Betty’s nerves – which are hardly soothed by her overbearing mother Alice (Mädchen Amick) aren’t the only thing holding her back.

Vulture reports that though the details are reminiscent of a number of prior teen dramas, including Dawson’s Creek, the show is freaking subversive af according to stars Lilli Reinhart, Cole Sprouse, and KJ Apa:

“I think that it’s definitely a lot darker and more subversive,” Apa said. “We’ve been saying it’s not the same as the comics that you’ve been reading. It’s a lot darker. We can’t really compare it to anything on TV.”

“Betty’s mother is giving her Adderall and things like that,” said Reinhart. “They’re dealing with very real-world problems.”

“While it might look super risqué to the people who first started reading the Archie comics,” Sprouse said, “it’s going to be familiar and real and honest to people who are our age and the people who are going to be a little younger and dealing with these issues, and that’s why it’s important and fundamental that this stuff keeps it alive.”

Adderall? That explains how the Riverdale gang had the energy for so many sock hops.

Image via Twitter.

22 May 20:30

Ex-Megadeth Drummer Dies On Stage In L.A.

by Jonny Coleman
Ex-Megadeth Drummer Dies On Stage In L.A. He was 51. [ more › ]
23 May 15:53

Belcampo's Willy Wonka–esque Spring Cocktails Include an Olive Tea Bag Martini

While the fine cuts of meat may get all the attention at Belcampo, barman Josh Goldman's innovative craft cocktails at the butcher shop's Santa Monica restaurant also deserve their day in the sun. Belcampo recently debuted Goldman's new spring cocktail menu, and it's filled with drinks will blow your mind. Goldman...
23 May 22:40

Photos: Exploring The Music, Movies And Motorcycles Of Pioneertown

by Danny Jensen
Pioneertown has evolved over the years to become a colorful desert escape for music fans, artists and adventurers seeking a desert refuge. [ more › ]
17 May 01:19

Jane Little, world's longest-serving orchestra musician, dies on stage

by Catherine Garcia

After 71 years with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Jane Little gave her final performance on Sunday, dying at the end of a performance of the song "There's No Business Like Show Business." She was 87.

Little held the record for longest professional tenure with one symphony. She made her debut as a bassist with the Atlanta Youth Symphony Orchestra (later the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra) at the age of 16 on Feb. 4, 1945. Little told Atlanta Magazine she wanted to become a ballerina, but her feet "just weren't right," and after scoring high on a musical aptitude test in high school, was urged to become a bassist. "Within a month, I was hooked," she said. "I loved it. It was awfully difficult to push those heavy strings down, and to carry the instrument around, but I just loved it."

When she learned about Frances Darger's record with the Utah Symphony — retiring in 2012 after 70 years — Little decided she wanted to break it, The Washington Post reports, and she did so in February. After hitting that milestone, she said she planned to retire at the end of the season, wanting to spend time at her house in North Carolina. Little had been undergoing chemotherapy for multiple myeloma, and she told friends she had been feeling a bit under the weather. When she collapsed onstage, orchestra members carried her backstage, and she never regained consciousness. "Hollywood could not have scripted it better," Paul Murphy, orchestra's associate principal viola, told The Post. Her husband, Warren Little, died in 2002.

12 May 08:00

Cinco de Mayo 2016

by Stephanie Aurora Clark Nielson

i am losing my patience with this particular mormon mommy blogger

Last week we celebrated Cinco de Mayo.
I am learning that most people in Mexico don't celebrate Cindo de Mayo.
It is not even a national holiday.
But no matter, we love to celebrate other cultures and I really love
Mariachi bands, Mexican food, and Mexican dresses.
Turns out Cinco de Mayo is a great excuse to eat a few tacos,  
drink a sangria (non-alcoholic, of course),
 Meanwhile, Mr. Nielson dug a large hole for our underground trampoline.
We are just now getting around to landscaping Fox Hill.
 Soon (I hope), we will have grass and maybe a garden?  All in good time.

19 May 13:15

Any Interest in Buying This Erotic Eggplant?

by Clover Hope

erotic as

Any Interest in Buying This Erotic Eggplant?

A seller on the New Zealand auction site Trade Me is offering an erotic eggplant for sale. As of this morning, the bidding is at over $100.

The length of the eggplant clocks in at an impressive seven inches with a four-inch circumference, according to the New Zealand Herald, which refers to the eggplant as a “phallic vegetable” for some reason.

Mashable reports:

The unnamed user from Waikato, New Zealand said the auction was just for a laugh. It all started when his father found the bizarre object growing in their vegetable patch and picked it last Wednesday.

According to the seller, his dad “thought it was hilarious, and my wife and I found it pretty funny too.”

First posted to the auction site on Saturday, the eggplant’s bidding has been robust. The seller says profits will go to the New Zealand Prostate Cancer Foundation.

Hmm, what would you do with this erotic eggplant?

Image screenshot via Trade Me

19 May 20:37

The internet can’t get enough of this high schooler’s epic “Coming to America” prom dress

by Brittany Malooly

The internet can’t get enough of this high schooler’s epic “Coming to America” prom dress

The internet can’t get enough of this high schooler’s epic “Coming to America” prom dress

Jimelle Levon, an 18-year-old from Columbus, Ohio, is taking prom fashion to a whole new level. He designed a Coming to America inspired dress for his date, as well as a matching blazer for himself, and people are capital “O” OBSESSED.

Rockin @jimellelevon to prom, shirt made by me not Kanye ✔️

A photo posted by تهةثممث (@jimellelevon) on

Making the dress was no joke. Jimelle explains the painstaking process of creating the dress in another post on Instagram (also featured is a bonus photo of Vanessa Bell Calloway in the original for reference):

Sewn while on her body? SLAY.

On his website, which showcases some of his other designs for his more casual line Koldkut, he explains how he got into fashion design:

“I’ve been designing for four years now. I started off painting shoes and distressing jean shorts, then expanded from there. I have never taken any classes or been taught how to sew. I am a self taught artist.”

How amazing is this dress though?!

#comingtoamerica #prom2k16 18 year old designer👑

A photo posted by تهةثممث (@jimellelevon) on

Here are some of his other designs from this prom season:

I killed this dress lol👌🏾🗡 #Prom2k16 #18yodesigner

A photo posted by تهةثممث (@jimellelevon) on

Oh yea she comin' lol. Dress custom made by yours truly ✂️

A photo posted by تهةثممث (@jimellelevon) on

We wish we knew Jimelle when we were in high school!

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19 May 16:55

Dashboard Confessional Have Returned — Hands Down, This Is the Best Day We Can Ever Remember

by Dee Lockett

They said it couldn't be done. An emo revival, ha. And yet here we are with new songs from Brand New and Dashboard Confessional all in the same week. It's okay not to be okay. DC have quietly returned after a seven-year hiatus with their first new song since 2009's Alter the Ending, and they've done so acoustically, with the spring-appropriate "May." It comes with zero news of a new album (Chris has been writing, though!) and ahead of a new tour with — get this — Taking Back Sunday, Saves the Day, and Saosin. Yup, our teen hearts are beating pretty fast right about now. Have you missed Chris Carrabba wailing on about sentimental things? Wanna see him do all that in black and white? Hands down, you are Taylor Swift and you're gonna love this.

11 May 20:45

Would You Kiss for Ten Straight Days to Secure a Guinness World Record? 

by Kelly Faircloth on Pictorial, shared by Kelly Faircloth to Jezebel
Would You Kiss for Ten Straight Days to Secure a Guinness World Record? 

As previously established with our look back at the classic lifestyle guide, Jane Seymour’s Guide to Romantic Living, the 1980s were a time of much ado about romance and relationships. Another curious illustration: The May 11, 1983 “smooch-a-thon” to defend a Guinness world record for longest kiss.

“We know the secrets of kissing,” participant Barbara Kane informed UPI, explaining that, “Position has everything to do with success.” She and her kissing buddy Dino DeLorean had previously achieved a world record with a six-day kiss. But then they were challenged to go for ten straight days by a pair of college students, and somebody decided the best venue was “a chaise lounge outside ‘Only Hearts,’ a Manhattan boutique.” (The rules didn’t require absolutely continuous lip-to-lip contact; there were scheduled restroom-and-protein-drink breaks.)

“People ask me if I have been picking up weights with my lips,” said DeLorean, who admitted he had not.

The pair were not actually a couple, and their activities occasionally caused a little trouble in the romantic department:

But Mrs. Kane and DeLorean, both actors from Los Angeles, decided to meet the challenge in the window of the boutique, although she said the first time they did it her husband was upset when he saw television clips of her and Dino kissing. ‘It took a while, but he calmed down,’ she said.

Said DeLorean, ‘I had a girlfriend going into the contest. I didn’t going out. I guess she didn’t trust me and told me to ‘kiss-off!’’

Ultimately, they went for 21 days—after relocating proceedings to a nearby radio station when the crowd got too distracting for their host boutique.

Photo via AP Images.

12 May 04:41

Hyperloop One holds successful test of its futuristic propulsion system

by Catherine Garcia

In less than a decade, it may be possible for a person to live in San Francisco, commute to work in Los Angeles, and go to lunch in Las Vegas, without having to hop on an airplane or sit in traffic in a car.

Hyperloop One is one of two companies striving to realize Elon Musk's dream of a super fast transportation system using tubes, magnets, and pods, and on Wednesday, Hyperloop One held its first open-air test of its propulsion system in the desert outside of Las Vegas. A metal sled was sent down a short track, going from 0 to 53 miles per hour in one second, CNET reports, and the successful launch was met with cheers.

Hyperloop One's hyperloop network would consist of several tubes that connect major cities to each other. Pods, which would carry cargo or 10 to 30 passengers, would go inside the tubes, depressurized to eliminate most air resistance. Magnets would help the pods reach speeds of up to 700 mph, although engineers say passenger-filled pods would accelerate at the same rate as a private jet, so people could eat, drink, and chat comfortably. The company wants to have the system up and running for cargo as early as 2019, and for passengers by 2021, and will hold a full-scale test at the end of the year. Watch the video below to get a better idea of how you might be traveling not too far down the road.

11 May 21:30

Antiques Roadshow Mistakenly Appraises Weird Clay Jug Made by High Schooler at $50,000

by Clover Hope
Antiques Roadshow Mistakenly Appraises Weird Clay Jug Made by High Schooler at $50,000

A man from Oregon who bought a $300 clay jug thingy at an estate sale was told during an episode of Antiques Roadshow that it was worth $50,000. Turns out, it’s not...

In actuality, the uh, interesting looking artwork is a piece of clay a high schooler named Betsy Soule sculpted in the ’70s. When the buyer, Alvin Barr, asked for an appraisal from found-object expert Stephen L. Fletcher for PBS’s Antiques Roadshow, it was estimated to be worth $50,000.

In the episode (beautifully titled “Grotesque Face Jug”), which aired last year, Fletcher called the jug “bizarre and wonderful” and made a Picasso comparison. Mashable reports:

He estimated the piece was made in the late 19th or early 20th century, and valued it at around $50,000.

“What?” shouted Barr, understandably.

Unfortunately for both Barr and Fletcher, these estimates were a little off the mark. The jug was actually made in the early 1970s — not by a professional potter, but by horse trainer Betsy Soule in her high school ceramics class.

Heh. Whoops.

“It was covered with dirt and straw,” Barr told Fletcher in the episode. “Looked like some chicken droppings were on it. It was very dirty. I had to have it.”

The jug’s creator, Soule, got hip to the clay mishap when a friend who saw the Antiques Roadshow episode alerted her about “that weird pot you made” being featured on the show.

Roadshow has corrected the error, listing its appraised price as $3,000–$5,000, which is still too much money.

Image via PBS

15 May 13:00

Sunday Sweets: Oh. Em. GEODE.

by Jen

There's a Sweet new wedding cake trend going around, you guys, and it totally rocks.

(By Intricate Icings Cake Design)

Geode cakes!

This is the one that went viral a little while back, and it's easy to see why. Soooo sparkly.


Ah, but check this drama out:

(By Three Tiers For Cake)

The rock veining, the gold leaf, the gold fox toppers? IT'S ALL WORKIN'.


And hey, who knew rock candy could look that elegant? Now I want someone to dip those stretchy candy necklaces in gold leaf and drape them over a champagne flute. Yeah. You guys get on that.

Speaking of rock candy, here's a fun ombre option:

(By Bridget Thibeault)


What's that? You want to see this in green?

(By Ettore's)



Geode toppers (also edible!) seem to be popular for smaller cakes:

(By Dhanya's Delights)


Or I also like this option:

(By Alana Jones-Mann)


Not exactly a geode, but check out this one with slices of rose quartz:

(By A Squad Bake Shop)

I'm resisting the urge to make a Steven Universe reference here, you guys. Just me?


Oooh, or how about this one with a crazy realistic Malachite inlay:

(By Ruze Cake House)



But let's get back to geodes:

(By Sainte G.)

'Cuz those crystals on top are awesome. A real Fortress of Solitude vibe, am I right?

(Yes, that's another geek reference. WHAT.)


Another "WOW" moment, coming up:

(By Whisk Cake Company)



And finally, my favorite geode of them all:

(By Sophia Fox)

Pink sparkly hearts, a watercolor fade, and gold leaf trim? YES PLEASE.


Hope you guys enjoyed your Sunday Sweets on the rocks! Happy Sunday!


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16 May 17:41

Why did Michaels pull this amazing 'daddy' sign from stores?

by (Gabe Bergado)
Such a pity.
17 May 13:00

Courtney Stodden Is Pregnant

by Enty


Courtney Stodden is pregnant with her first child, she revealed to Us Weekly after a video circulated to media outlets showing the 21-year-old with a positive pregnancy test. Stodden’s husband Doug Hutchison, 55, appears to be filming his wife in their bathroom.

“Alright, here’s the first [line],” Stodden says as shakes the pregnancy test.

“Come on, here we go honey,” Hutchison says in the background.

The video cuts to Stodden sitting on a toilet with the positive test in her hand.

Her husband asks, “Honey? Honey, how you feeling?”

She responds, “A little overwhelmed” and the video ends.

“It’s a bittersweet time for me right now,” she told Us Weekly. “I’m dealing with a lot of stress and emotions surrounding life and its ups and downs. Doug and I weren’t planning on going public with this so soon. I’m only four weeks along in my pregnancy. But some things are out of your control.”

The source claims the video was sent to “[Stodden’s] closest friends and family.”

Courtney’s mother was asked how she felt about it and said, “If it wasn’t for media I would not get to know the news about my daughter’s pregnancy. If this is accurate this will make grandchild number five. If she is happy, I am happy for her. It would be nice to experience this with her but as it still stands her and I are still not speaking. I did not even hear from her on Mother’s Day. I was blessed to be able to celebrate it with my other two girls. Courtney is still missing from our family. I pray for her everyday.”

There is no way that baby is Doug’s. No chance. I think Courtney probably thinks now she has to make a decision whether to stay in the marriage she hates or make a break for it.

17 May 00:07

Bison calf euthanized after Yellowstone tourists thought they were saving it from the cold

by Catherine Garcia

A bison calf at Yellowstone National Park was euthanized after foreign tourists thought it was cold and put it in their SUV.

The calf was released but was ultimately rejected by the herd, and was euthanized after being "abandoned and causing a dangerous situation by continually approaching people and cars along the roadway," the National Park Service said in a statement Monday. Witnesses said that last week, a father and son told a park ranger they captured the bison and put it in their SUV because it appeared to be cold, NBC News reports. They were later ticketed.

Visitors to Yellowstone must stay at least 25 yards away from bison, elk, and deer, and 360 feet away from bears and wolves. The National Park Service is using this sad incident to remind people that these are wild animals, and are very protective of their young. "Approaching wild animals can drastically affect their well-being and, in this case, their survival," the service said.

16 May 17:00

A 50’s Madrid Home Becomes Modern & Welcoming

by Caroline Williamson

A 50’s Madrid Home Becomes Modern & Welcoming

When you see the finished design of this 170 square meter (approx. 1829 square foot) home in Madrid, you’d never believe where they started from (see before images below). Egue y Seta took this old 1950’s home from outdated and dismal to a welcoming space for a young couple with children. A live-in tale in Madrid, as the project is called, is half of a duplex that’s split over three staggered floors with a gabled roof on top.


Under the gabled roof on the top floor, there’s the playroom with a bookcase and a suspended net to hang out and read in when they want to relax.


Up a set of stairs is a guest bedroom separated from the main area by glass.



On the main floor, they’ve installed wall-to-wall custom bookcases that were brought from the family’s previous home.


The dining table came from a 19th century French farmhouse bringing along lots of character for the room.






The kitchen was designed to be practical and comfortable, and features white cabinets, grey concrete floors, and warm wood furniture.




The master bedroom is lit via skylights and windows that let the sunlight enter to bounce off the all-white walls and ceiling.




In the master bathroom, two bowl sinks are arranged to face a window instead of mirrors.









Photos by VICUGO FOTO.

16 May 13:00

KTLA Producers Shame Weather Reporter On Air

by Enty


Apparently the producers at KTLA decided that meteorologist Liberte Chan needed some shaming on Saturday. While Liberte was doing the weather report, the station received some e-mails. No one will reveal how many. It was probably one. The e-mails were about Liberte’s dress. The e-mailer believed no bare shoulders should ever be shown on television because they lived in the 1900’s. Instead of waiting until after Liberte finished her report, producers decided to interrupt the report and force Liberte to put on a sweater and cover her bare shoulders. From now on, all female reporters at KTLA are instructed to show no more skin than a Duggar at church. Liberte handled the whole thing great.

13 May 19:30

Man Asks for Taco Bell After Waking from Coma

by Clover Hope
Man Asks for Taco Bell After Waking from Coma

An army vet who woke up after being in a coma for 48 days had one thing on his mind: Taco Bell.

Jake Booth, 35, from Florida, caught a case of bronchitis in February that later developed into double pneumonia. Things worsened after Jake was sent to the hospital, where he had a heart attack, slipped into a coma and didn’t wake up for 48 days.

USA Today reports:

When he did, to the surprise of his family and his neurologists, he knew who he was, understood where he was and recognized his 6-year-old daughter, Eva, and his 1-year-old son, Aiden. He struggled to speak — and still struggles to speak — due to the lingering effects of intubation and a tracheotomy, but as soon as he could form sounds into words, he made a request.

“I want Taco Bell,” Jake said.

Jake’s friend Jason Schwartz says, “We’d all been waiting an entire month for him to eat those tacos. It was symbolic of the entire thing — more of a metaphor of him having woken up and being given a second chance at life.”

The Taco Bell request was essentially a sign that Jake was his normal self. Jake couldn’t actually eat solid foods for 22 days, after which he was able to take a nice bite out of several crunchy tacos from Taco Bell. Jake was elated and is alive after eating the Taco Bell.

Image screengrab via Now This

13 May 16:58

Airborne turtle destroys woman's windshield and is perfectly okay

by Jeva Lange

There are flying fish and flying squirrels, but you won't find too many flying turtles outside of Super Mario Bros. You might imagine Nicole Marie Bjanes' surprise, then, when a turtle came crashing through her windshield while she was driving down Interstate 4 in Deltona, Florida.

The turtle actually became airborne in the first place after being hit by a different car, according to troopers who spoke with Fox 9. The critter then rocketed through Bjanes' windshield and landed on her dash. Bjanes was treated for minor cuts.

And the turtle? They apparently have shells for a reason — it survived the incident fine.

13 May 20:10

Adios, Speed Weed: City Attorney Shuts Down Popular Marijuana Delivery Service

by Julia Wick
Adios, Speed Weed: City Attorney Shuts Down Popular Marijuana Delivery Service So unchill. [ more › ]
12 May 18:00

Gold-Plated LEGO Bags and Jewelry

by Caroline Williamson

Gold-Plated LEGO Bags and Jewelry

Last year we fawned over agabag’s handbags made from LEGO bricks. Now, they’ve taken it a step further by incorporating gold-plated bricks into the bag designs while also adding jewelry to the line.


After spending months working on getting the gold-plated bricks right, they finally made it happen by doing the process in three stages at three different facilities. The resulting brick has a thin layer of 24k gold that still allows the bricks to be stacked and connected, while still keeping it pretty durable for wear.

















If you’re interested in purchasing, check out their Etsy site here.

10 May 18:46

This 15-year-old's Mac collection is so rare it's becoming a museum

by (John-Michael Bond)
He started collecting Macs when he was 10.
11 May 17:15

FX Orders a Pilot for Kurt Sutters’s Sons of Anarchy Spinoff, Mayans MC

by E. Alex Jung
Pictured: Kurt Sutter

It's official: FX announced that it has begun script development on Mayans MC, a new drama centering on the Latino biker gang from Oakland seen in Sons of Anarchy. The commitment confirms that the spinoff reported last year is definitely a go, despite the short-lived The Bastard Executioner. But in case you're worried that Mayans MC would be a white guy writing about Latino culture, don't fret! Sutter is partnering up with Elgin James, a filmmaker best known for his film Little Birds. "I wanted to find a strong, unique Latino voice. Because I didn't think a white guy from Jersey should be writing about Latin culture and traditions," Sutter said in a statement. "Elgin is that voice." Sutter and James are co-creators and executive producers, and James will pen the script about a "dark, visceral family drama." Sounds very on-brand.