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15 May 21:25

A Genre-Bending Hip Hop Artist Opens a Cereal Bar in Virgil Village

by Emily Berkey

Theo Martins debuts Cereal and Such behind streetwear store Virgil Normal

Musician Theo Martins has opened Cereal and Such, a tiny cereal bar in a nine by seven foot revamped shed in the back patio area of a streetwear store called Virgil Normal. The nook debuted on May 5 in Virgil Village, down the street from breakfast mecca SQIRL.

Hailing from Providence, Rhode Island, Martins, a first generation Nigerian, moved to Los Angeles five years ago to be closer to the art world. While he dabbles in many creative pursuits, he says the common thread is good taste at an accessible price (just $4 a bowl). Cereal and Such is his latest project.

“Cereal and Such is very much an homage to Japan...focus on one thing and do it extremely well”

While choosing a streetwear shop to house a cereal bar sounds totally off the wall, it made sense for Theo and Charlie Staunton, who co-owns Virgil Normal alongside stylist Shirley Kurata.

Staunton explains: “Theo was here for our opening night [two years ago] and he stood out…we like having personal relationships with the people we promote and sell. It makes it more of a community, and community is a big part of what we’re doing here. We like Theo. He’s our friend. Why not have fun and have an adventure with him?”

Virgil Normal, located in the old Choke moped shop at the intersection of Virgil and Normal Avenues, houses not only Cereal and Such, but also an eclectic mix of streetwear and home goods made by creatives they call friends, regularly hosting pop up shops.

Theo Martins has previously used the back patio space for his clothing pop ups, and artists have used the shed to assist in other creative endeavors. This past fall, a musician named Alexander Spit turned the shed into a studio and produced, wrote, and recorded a ten track EP called Alive At Virgil Normal, which he created in only ten consecutive hours. Theo was featured on the project and knew that come spring, the space would transform into his simple yet eclectic cereal bar.

“Cereal and Such is very much an homage to Japan. We want to focus on one thing and do it extremely well,” explained Theo when asked about the bar’s simple menu.

The cereal selection currently includes: Cocoa Puffs, Frosted Flakes, Apple Jacks, Honey Nut Cheerios, Lucky Charms, and Cap’n Crunch Berries, but the options will always be changing. Milk selections include 2% standard cows milk and non-dairy options including almond and coconut. They’re also testing macadamia nut and flaxseed milks. The food menu will expand come summer, and rumor has it they may add ice cream.

The “Such” portion of the menu is comprised of coffee, tea, and non-food items like T-shirts and tote bags designed by Theo, and mugs and bowls created in collaboration with Kenesha Sneed of Tactile Matter, a Los Angeles based stoneware ceramics company.

Cereal and Such also has a monthly podcast comprised of creatives talking about culture, music, and their passions over a bowl of cereal…and such. The first episode featured Martins, writer Micah Peters, music executive Modi Oyewole, and designer Anwar Carrots and was mixed by DJ Free.

Late in the afternoon on a Saturday, just before Cereal and Such closed for the evening, a group of friends showed up and introduced themselves to Theo, who warmly welcomed them. “We came because we heard the Cereal and Such podcast,” explained one of them. “Yeah, I don’t even like cereal, but I had to come and check it out for the culture” declared a stylish woman, right before she helped herself to another spoonful of her crunch berries doused in almond milk.

Guests of the bar are encouraged to eat cereal, sip from their warm drinks, and enjoy the laid back atmosphere at Virgil Normal. Bring a book, choose from one of their board games to play with other cereal aficionados, sit alone and stare at the intricate murals outside, or bring your laptop and set up shop. They’ll have WiFi starting in June.

Free, Theo’s creative counterpart, will be running the cereal bar on weekdays and Theo will be working weekends. The duo are both DJs, so you can expect some great new music to be flowing through the aux cord into the patio.

Follow Cereal and Such on Instagram. They’re open Tuesday through Sunday from 11am to 6pm, perfect for a late breakfast or afternoon snack.

Cereal and Such at Virgil Normal
4157 Normal Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029

Virgil Normal, Virgil Village
15 May 21:06

2 Year Old Pretends Not To Enjoy Bouncy Castle

by Enty
15 May 19:30

Did ‘The Simpsons’ predict every movie and TV show ever?

by David Britton

When you have a show that’s run nearly 30 seasons, especially one that’s as imaginative as The Simpsons, you’re going to end up “predicting” a few things about the future. Everything from Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl appearance to a Donald Trump presidency appeared as gags on the show before becoming a reality. Even a spooky three-eyed fish appeared in Brooklyn, New York, 25 years after Bart hooked one near the Springfield nuclear power plant.

simpsons three eyed fish screengrab via Simpsons Clips/Youtube

Now there’s an entire Twitter account devoted to movies and TV shows predicted by The Simpsons. Sure it might be stretching things a bit—or, well, a lot—but that doesn’t mean it isn’t fun to look at.

Of course let’s not forget that things can work in the opposite direction. Like the time Quentin Tarantino predicted Jersey Shore.

H/T Mashable

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12 May 10:39

8 cats and dogs that totally got in on the Kentucky Derby hat game

by Dasha Fayvinova
Kevespada

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8 cats and dogs that totally got in on the Kentucky Derby hat game

8 cats and dogs that totally got in on the Kentucky Derby hat game

Are you ready for your daily dose of cuteness?! Turns out humans aren’t the only ones into the Kentucky Derby fashion. From the looks of it, cats and dogs are just as interested in the Derby hat game as their human counterparts. And lucky for us, there is photographic proof on the internet.

Usually, pets don’t get to really dress up unless it is Halloween. And when that holiday rolls around, pet owners go completely bonkers! Prime example being this incredibly cute bee costume one cat-owner documented online.

Though some have a great time with adorable outfits for their furry friends throughout the year – no excuse needed.

But if you are looking for an excuse to let your four-legged friend get fancy, the Kentucky Derby is the perfect chance. And these pet owners certainly knew how to their their animal’s hat game to the next level.

1. Big yellow floppy hat

Due to high demand, this pooch is going to be knighted and brought over to England as the Queen’s personal guard. Here, here!

2. Jason Mraz twins

All we want to say to these pooches is that “we are yours”!

3. The mom gardener

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This looks exactly like a mom gardening outside. Only it’s way cuter, obviously.

4. Regal kitty

Dogs are not the only ones who get to have fun! This kitty looks like she belongs in a famous painting form the 1700s.

5. Lana Del Cat

Looks like the singer is being impersonated by a very good looking kitty. And the flower crown is exactly the type of thing that will get her into Coachella next year.

6. We can’t even with this face…

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We’re not crying, you’re crying!

7. Everything you know is a lie except this pooch  

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We didn’t know what truth was until we saw the face of this heavenly creature. Spaniels are just the greatest.

8. And this critter steals the show

Technically this isn’t a dog or a cat. But the hat works, so who are we to mess with perfection?

12 May 03:24

LA’s New Skinny B*tch Pizza Delivers Healthy Hot Pink-Branded Pies Right to You

by Farley Elliott
Kevespada

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The aesthetics of the cauliflower-crusted pizzas are very, very on point already

In this age of lightsaber churros and ice cream museums, it seems you can never have enough color in your food. Perhaps that’s why unknown newcomer Skinny B*tch Pizza is heartily embracing the hot pink aesthetic with their new delivery-only shop on Washington Boulevard, south of Koreatown. The greater Harvard Heights neighborhood doesn’t first come to mind as a destination for healthy-eating, cauliflower-crust pizzas, but there it is.

Skinny B*tch seems to have only just opened yesterday, keeping quiet evening delivery hours so far. Their website lists timing from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Wednesday through Sunday, but considering they’re brand new expect some flexibility. Your options for trying the place during business hours is with delivery, whether it’s UberEats, Doordash, Postmates, or GrubHub.

As for the menu, Skinny B*tch plays into its name pretty heavy by only offering $24 - $27 gluten-free cauliflower crust pies. The pepperoni is also made out of turkey, and each option comes with names like The Jessica or The Emily. Fiji Water, kombucha, and Diet Coke are extra, of course, but the bright pink box with the kiss of red lipstick is free.

Eater reached out for more information on the team behind Skinny B*tch, but so far hasn’t heard back. Regardless, it looks like you can place your very own order tonight for some gluten-free cauliflower $27 pizzas — just make sure you’re in the colorful company’s delivery zone.

Skinny B*tch Pizza
1842 W. Washington Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA

09 May 21:07

Basically every guy at the Kentucky Derby wore this flashy suit, and here’s where to get it

by Kit Steinkellner

Basically every guy at the Kentucky Derby wore this flashy suit, and here’s where to get it

Basically every guy at the Kentucky Derby wore this flashy suit, and here’s where to get it

Yay yay yay, the Kentucky Derby is here! And you know what THAT means. Right, horses and mint juleps, but also FASHION! Normally we’re here freaking out about hats. (And it’s like our once a year chance to celebrate outrageous headwear without people side-eyeing us, so just GIVE US THIS, okay?) But today we are all about the Derby SUITS.

Specifically, the powder blue tulip suits that were on glorious display at the Kentucky Derby.

Here it is, just as marvelous from the back.

No, seriously, all the guys who know what’s what were wearing these suits at the Kentucky Derby.

This suit is a pastel blue vision, which is why were are REALLY nervous about this tulip-suited guy carrying a beer AND a chocolate ice cream cone. Be careful, you oh-so-fashionable man!

We haven’t even talked about the matching tie, yet. You guys, THE MATCHING TIE!!!


So where does one get ones hands on this suit of such great beauty? It must be, like, a fancy pants designer who makes this and the suit must set you back like a bajillion and a half dollars, right? RIGHT?

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WRONG. Kohl’s, YES KOHL’S, makes this suit, and it’s 99 bucks ,which is NOTHING for a suit – especially a suit this freaking cool.

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FYI the Kohl’s Men’s OppoSuits Slim-Fit Novelty Pattern Suit and Tie Collection also comes in a poker chips and playing cards pattern, camouflage, dollar bills, red white and blue stars and stripes, and a palm trees and ocean view pattern.

A quick glance around the website turned up no results for Ladies’ Novelty Suits. Kohl’s! DUDES! Get on it! Tulip suits for everyone!

09 May 09:47

This Pikachu deflated while dancing to “Hairspray,” and it’s as entertaining as it sounds

by Arielle Tschinkel

This Pikachu deflated while dancing to “Hairspray,” and it’s as entertaining as it sounds

This Pikachu deflated while dancing to “Hairspray,” and it’s as entertaining as it sounds

If what your weekend needs right now is a video of a bunch of Pikachus dancing in perfectly Pikachu form, we’ve got you. It’s as entertaining as it sounds, and gets hilariously more entertaining when one Pikachu in the front starts deflating in the middle of a Hairspray song… and we cannot stop laughing.

The assembly of over a dozen dancing Pikachus performed at the annual Pokémon World Festival in Songdo, South Korea, and they rocked their version of Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk.” But things went horribly awry during Hairspray‘s “Can’t Stop the Beat,” when one Pikachu began deflating on stage, leading to a brief moment of mass chaos.

The other Pikachus seemingly watch in horror before attempting to continue their dance routine while their pal is rushed off the stage… by no shortage of four panicked staff members. He was quickly grabbed and removed from the stage, and the other Pikas carried on.

Ever so resilient, though, the deflated Pikachu did attempt to make a triumphant comeback, but was quickly ushered off the stage again, just at the end of the song. A truly sad ending to an adorable fail, indeed.

Of course, Twitter understandably went wild upon seeing this video, because nothing brings people together more than a deflating Pokémon.

The good news? It seems even a deflating Pikachu can’t stop the beat. We’re forever thankful for the unintentional LOLs this video has given us today.

08 May 04:10

Newswire: Steven Seagal got himself banned from Ukraine for being too “dangerous”

by William Hughes

Steven Seagal can now add Ukraine to the list of places he’s been banned from, right next to “That Blockbuster where the clerk wouldn’t stop calling Executive Decision ‘a Kurt Russell flick.’” Per The Guardian, the country issued a five-year ban on entry to the actor this week, accusing him of committing “socially dangerous” actions that might damage the country’s security.

Those actions presumably have less to do with breaking boards and setting new standards for bad efforts in film-making, though, and more to do with Seagal’s friendship with Vladimir Putin and the Russian government. Russia and Ukraine have a long, complicated, and largely ugly history, one exacerbated in recent years by Russia’s annexation of the Crimea, and support of rebels revolting against the Ukrainian government. (Bizarrely, Seagal was involved there, too, bringing his blues-rock band to play for pro-Russian separatists.)

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05 May 12:59

This Metallica cover band's gear was stolen, so Metallica offered to pay for it

by Christina Colizza

The members of Metallica tribute act Blistered Earth have a new reason to love their heavy-metal heroes. After the Washington-based cover band played a gig in Portland, Oregon, last month, their van was broken into and $20,000 worth of gear — their guitars, amps, and drums — was stolen. Blistered Earth wrote about the theft on Facebook and were stunned when Metallica's management got in touch to say that the metal legends wanted to pay for all the missing gear to be replaced. "It's pretty awesome that they would do that," says Blistered Earth drummer Shawn Murphy.

04 May 10:11

Blind Items Revealed #4

by Enty
Kevespada

I don't know who these people are but I'm obsessed with the name KROY BIERMANN

April 24, 2017

At this point the income does not exceed the expenses for this reality couple with multiple shows. Yes, even if you include her return to an old one. At their current rate of spend, they will be out of money within two years. They literally save nothing and have no backup plan if reality life ends. This will be a huge crash and burn.

Kim Zolciak and Kroy Biermann

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03 May 00:32

Dad Turns Kids’ Toy Cars Into Badass “Mad Max” Vehicles

by Rūta Grašytė

This California-based director and father just created Mad Max: Fury Road vehicles for his kids and they look totally insane.


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Inspired by Mad Max, obviously, father Ian Pfaff started off with the classic Little Tykes Cozy Coupes. He then used anything he could find, from old computer junk to an espresso machine, and used them to spice up the basic kid cars. The result? Two completely badass-looking Mad Max: Fury Road vehicles that look like they’re straight from the movie! And we must say, Ian’s kids look pretty hardcore behind the wheel.

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This California-based director and father just created Mad Max: Fury Road vehicles for his kids and they look totally insane

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Inspired by Mad Max, obviously, father Ian Pfaff started off with the classic Little Tykes Cozy Coupes

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He then started spicing up the kid cars with things he found around the house

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He used everything from old computer junk to an espresso machine

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Ian’s wife Emily even made badass outfits to match the vehiclesdad-turns-kids-toy-cars-mad-max-ian-pfaff-7

The result?

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Two completely badass-looking Mad Max: Fury Road vehicles

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They look like they’re straight from the movie

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Just look at this wheel!

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We must say, they look pretty hardcore

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02 May 22:11

Embracing the Unibrow

by By MAX BERLINGER
Put down the tweezers. Why have two eyebrows when one will do?
19 Apr 23:10

Elderly Russian lady becomes a master of the green screen, viral YouTube star

by David Britton

Ah the green screen, hero of everything from Star Wars to Shia Labeouf‘s motivational video

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Technically it’s known as chroma key compositing, and without it, the action movies we love couldn’t come to life. Check out this before and after video to see what we’re talking about.

The same basic technology is available in your home for a reasonable cost, and anyone can figure out how to use it. There’s even a bunch of YouTube tutorials full of helpful tips for getting started. But if you’re going to pick just one, and you speak Russian, this woman’s videos come with the highest possible recommendation.

Her name is Tatiana Subbotina and people in Russia are loving her. Several of her videos have over 100,000 views. This underwater episode is especially popular.

In fact, she gained so much notoriety she landed herself a spot on a late night Russian talk show called Vecherniy Urgant.

She told BuzzFeed that she even sewed together her own green screen suit.

“I decided that I too could talk about this [editing videos],” she said. “So I started making stories on my YouTube channel about how I work with it. I didn’t invent anything there, but I try to explain it as simply as possible. It’s very exciting and I like it.”

H/T BuzzFeed

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19 Apr 22:54

Here’s 3-ingredient pineapple soft serve, so you can have Disney level Dole Whip anytime

by Jaqueline Mccool

Here’s 3-ingredient pineapple soft serve, so you can have Disney level Dole Whip anytime

Here’s 3-ingredient pineapple soft serve, so you can have Disney level Dole Whip anytime

If you’re a fan of Dole Whip (the creamy pineapple soft serve that has amassed a cult-following amongst Disney World-goers), you’ll quickly fall in love with this creamy treat. It tastes just like soft-serve, but it’s delightfully dairy-free: all you need is frozen pineapple, a frozen banana, and coconut milk. You can whip it up in either a food processor or a blender—just be sure to help it along by scraping down the sides of the machine as you go. With its incredibly smooth texture and refreshing fruity flavor, it’s sure to become your go-to summer dessert.

Related Article: Easter Candy Recipes to Use Up All Those Leftovers

Related Article: 3-Ingredient Cookies

Ingredients

1. 4

cups frozen pineapple

2. frozen banana, halved

3. ½

cup coconut milk, chilled

4. Fresh pineapple wedges, for garnish

Directions:

Combine pineapple, banana, and coconut milk in a food processor or blender and pulse, scraping down sides with a rubber spatula, until smooth. Scoop into cups; garnish with a pineapple wedge.

This article originally appeared in RealSimple by Grace Elkus.

19 Apr 17:24

Fred Durst Is Into Jazz, Apparently, And Is Hosting A Weekly Jazz Night In Hollywood

by Annie Lloyd
Fred Durst Is Into Jazz, Apparently, And Is Hosting A Weekly Jazz Night In Hollywood He cited 'La La Land' as a source of motivation. [ more › ]
18 Apr 23:54

Olivia de Havilland Sent a Gorgeous Email About How She Doesn’t Watch Feud

by Jackson McHenry
Kevespada

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Olivia de Havilland, the only major movie star featured in FX’s Feud who is still alive, does not watch the TV show, nor does she intend to watch it, nor is she interested in talking much about it. The 100-year-old actress, who is played by Catherine Zeta-Jones in the show, responded to The Hollywood Reporter’s attempts to get her to comment on the series, the larger feud between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, and the 1963 Oscars ceremony at the heart of the series with an email that can only be described as gorgeously dismissive:

“I have received your email with its two questions,” De Havilland replied. “I would like to reply first to the second of these, which inquires of me the accuracy of a current television series entitled Feud, which concerns Bette Davis and Joan Crawford and their supposed animosity toward each other. Having not seen the show, I cannot make a valid comment about it. However, in principle, I am opposed to any representation of personages who are no longer alive to judge the accuracy of any incident depicted as involving themselves.”

De Havilland added, “As to the 1963 Oscar ceremony, which took place over half a century ago, I regret to say that I have no memory of it whatsoever and therefore cannot vouch for its accuracy.”
18 Apr 22:18

Animal “inspiration porn”: Implications for othering and accommodation

by Lisa Wade, PhD

The term “inspiration porn” was coined by disability activist Stella Young. Aimed at able-bodied viewers, inspiration porn features people with disabilities who appear happy or are doing things, alongside an encouraging message. She explains:

Inspiration porn is an image of a person with a disability, often a kid, doing something completely ordinary — like playing, or talking, or running, or drawing a picture, or hitting a tennis ball — carrying a caption like “your excuse is invalid” or “before you quit, try.”

Or, the famous one: “The only disability is a bad attitude.”

She called it porn quite deliberately, arguing that inspiration porn is like sexual porn in that the images “objectify one group of people for the benefit of another group of people.”

And, as with sexual porn, it sometimes involves animals.

At Disability Intersections, Anna Hamilton suggests that inspiration porn involving animals is another step removed from recognizing the full humanity of people with disabilities. These “inspiring” stories, she argues, “provide a way for nondisabled people to talk about and engage with disability in a facile way.”

Disability isn’t just othered; it’s cute, adorable, fuzzy.

Hamilton continues:

If one is constantly gawking and aww-ing over pictures and stories about animals with disabilities, then they don’t have to spend time thinking about actual disabled people, or the ableism against disabled humans that still exists.

When featuring animals, accommodation is no longer the least a society can do: a basic acknowledgement that human beings in all forms deserve access to their societies. Instead, it’s over-the-top, idiosyncratic and rare, even excessive in its generosity. To find inspiration in a turtle who has been fitted with a tiny skateboard, for example, is to frame accommodation as something one does out of the goodness of one’s heart, not a human and civil right.

Inspiration porn others and objectifies people with disabilities. When featuring animals, it dehumanizes them, too.

Lisa Wade, PhD is a professor at Occidental College. She is the author of American Hookup, a book about college sexual culture, and a textbook about gender. You can follow her on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

(View original at https://thesocietypages.org/socimages)

17 Apr 21:40

Patrick Swayze's G-String, DeLorean, BBQ Smoker Are Up For Bid In This Crazy Auction

by Tim Loc
Kevespada

I'M THERE

 
There are items from 'Ghost,' 'Point Break,' 'Road House,' and 'Dirty Dancing.' [ more › ]
17 Apr 10:13

BABY GENDER REVEAL & SUPER BOWL PARTY

by TheKitchyKitchen
Kevespada

Still can't believe she's married to this guy who tried to convince me it didn't count as cheating if he just shotgunned weed into my mouth.

I always expect Super Bowl Sunday to be an unofficial family holiday – not because my family loves football, but because we all work in advertising. This started with my dad, who was the art director behind Apple’s 1984 spot, the footnote to all Super Bowl commercial references. Our teams are our production companies, jockeying to get an ad on game day. I’ve never been so lucky, but my Aunt Tina, an art director, had one this year (Honda), and I think my cousin Rachel did too. So, if you can imagine, it’s the time between plays that matters most to my family, rather than the touchdowns (we sort of care about those too).

But beyond that, Super Bowl food is my family’s favorite food. We’re a second generation LA family, so tacos and nachos run deep with us. But this year the menu got a little update.

Menu

Cheddar Crab Chipotle Nachos

Bacon Jalapeno Pigs in a Blanket

Thomas Family Guacamole

A grip of salsas

Tina’s Poblano Corn Rice

Craig’s Mole Ribeye Chili

Sweet Lady Jane Gender Reveal Cake

I’ll get to the rest of the menu in a minute, but I’m going to skip ahead to that last item. That’s right! Craig and my baby’s gender reveal fell on Super Bowl Sunday.

This was not the original plan.

A few weeks before I went into my doctor’s office to get all of my screening tests done. I wasn’t too nervous, since I’m pretty young and come from super strong Euro-mutt DNA, but getting blood drawn is always a chore. I’m not very squeamish (my family jokes I should’ve been a combat nurse or aestetician), but my arms immediately reveal exaggerated track marks. Bruises, red lines, the works. No tank tops for me this week! Not that that was an option anyway, as I still haven’t popped and just feel generally chubby. This isn’t some moment of vanity either. I stepped on the scale and found out I gained twice what I was supposed to in the first trimester.

Twice.

Apparently using my pregnancy as a smoke screen for my love of carbs was not the best idea. My doctor generously offers that I might plateau in my second trimester like she did. I’m incredulous.

My mom and I had planned on having a dinner with the soon-to-be grandparents the next week, when the results come in. I started out hoping for a boy, but then figured I jinxed myself and I was having a girl, but then I started fantasizing about having a little girl, and I basically twisted my psyche into a gordian knot of mom stress. My dad consistently whispered in my ear, “It’s a boy. I know it.”

But then I get a call from my doctor’s office – the lab shattered my blood test. Not only did I have to come back in for another blood drawing, but the results would be pushed back a week. Travel plans for my in laws had to be changed, and I started to stress that we wouldn’t have a gender reveal at all, since my parents were leaving for Australia, my mum’s homeland, on Superbowl Sunday eve.

I have a way of being annoyingly persistent, so I channeled every drop of Type A energy I had in my pudgy body and went to get my blood drawn. After badgering the nurse and waiting for a bit, I spoke to my doctor and begged her to have a word with the lab. I didn’t need the test expedited, it just couldn’t be delayed. She promised to talk to them and I breathed a little easier.

It’s funny, I’m not big on fuss for myself – Craig and I didn’t have an engagement party, we don’t have wedding photos on our walls, I tend to be drawn to low key, intimate events with family rather than boisterous parties with a bunch of friends. So the gender reveal, even though it was initially going to be a small dinner, was unexpected for me. But my mom and I got chatting, and I’ll show up for practically anything with cake, so it sounded like it could be fun.

Once the date moved to Super Bowl Sunday, it seemed like a better fit for a casual family afternoon. So we invited the whole gang and went to our local farmer’s market in the morning to buy out “the salsa ladies” as we call them.

The salsa ladies have the best homemade salsa and chips I’ve ever had, and I’m truly obsessed with them. This time we got their spicy avocado salsa verde, roasted chili tomatillo salsa, a tomato and onion salsa (more of a puree than a pico de gallo), a mild mango pineapple salsa, and, my favorite, their creamy chipotle crab salsa. I had big nacho plans for that crab salsa.

The rest of the menu came together pretty easily. Craig loves making chili (it’s a DePriester family tradition) and added plenty of the mole we brought back from our last trip to Mexico City. Tina’s rice is probably the best rice ever, and Henry whipped up our family’s recipe for guac, which we eat by the truckload.

When it came time to slice into the cake, I poured out a few glasses of Finke’s Widow from Winc, a lovely off dry sparkler that was a huge hit.

I was so nervous cutting into it. But then we saw blue, and everyone let out a scream. I cried a lot, just from the emotion of it all, and Craig was beaming. We announced his name to my family, James Brenton DePriester. James after my mom’s dad, Brenton after my dad, and DePriester for the surname.

Knowing that my baby is a boy, and having his name picked out, is helping me feel more connected to my pregnancy. My first trimester was a non-event. I had no nausea, and the only sign of pregnancy was passing out by 9 pm (unheard of for me) and a bit of weight gain (which apparently I can’t blame on the baby anyway). I just didn’t feel pregnant. The ultrasounds were always a relief. See? I didn’t just eat something weird! I am in fact pregnant.

At the last ultrasound, James waved at us. I think he’s going to be just like his dad.

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17 Apr 05:03

This insane feather brows beauty look started off as a joke, and it’s quickly becoming an Instagram trend

by Bronwyn Isaac
Kevespada

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This insane feather brows beauty look started off as a joke, and it’s quickly becoming an Instagram trend

This insane feather brows beauty look started off as a joke, and it’s quickly becoming an Instagram trend

Sometimes the meta nature of the makeup world ends up trolling itself in the most beautiful way possible. At least, this is exactly what happened with the feather brows trend on Instagram — a look originally posted as a joke by the makeup artist and Instagram star from Finland known as Stella Sironen — that soon took fire as a real beauty trend. It caught on for some brave people ready to pioneer a new frontier of brows.

The mildly terrifying eyebrow look fully lives up to its feather name, and requires committed beauty hounds to glue the bottom half of their eyebrows down to achieve the full feather glory.

These look like the eyebrows of a Wes Anderson character who just got divorced and is about to put on a one-woman show.

They also inspire us to go ahead and post our next absurd DIY joke looks, in hopes of accidentally spurring a bonified beauty trend.

These are the eyebrows of someone who’d get kicked out of a jazz bar for drinking too much absinthe and dancing on the piano.

Another one from my collab with @beautybekky 💕👽

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Who of us hasn’t been there?!

Not only are people on board for this satirical trend, but a few bold souls have already mastered it.

🤷🏻‍♀️ Who knew everyone took brows so seriously? _____ #featherbrow inspired by the talented @stella.s.makeup

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This whole trend is a beautiful reminder that beauty standards, along with everything, is made up.

So just do what you want and own it, and the rest (of Instagram) will follow.

Are y’all ready to channel a divorced art house poet, or what?

16 Apr 18:13

CDC: Bat found in packaged salad prompts recall

by Catherine Garcia

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that two people in Florida have reported eating salad from a container that was later found to have contained a dead bat.

The bat was sent to the CDC's rabies lab for further testing, but the CDC said the animal's "deteriorated condition" did not allow for them to "definitively rule out whether this bat had rabies." To be on the safe side, Fresh Express has issued a recall of a small number of cases of its Organic Marketside Spring Mix, which the CDC says may have been distributed to Walmart stores in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.

The affected salad is sold in a clear container with the production code G089B19 and best-if-used-by date of APR 14, 2017 on the top label. On the bottom of the container, UPC Code 6 8113132897 is printed by the bar code.

15 Apr 01:07

Newswire: Even furries are no longer safe from neo-Nazi meddling

by Alex McLevy

“First they came for the men dressed as giant furry rabbits, and I did nothing.” This is a sentence you may yet see when the future history of the rise of the “alt-right” (read: fascist neo-Nazis) in our contemporary era is written. A recent online conflagration that led to the cancelation of a furry convention in Colorado has shown that even the world of people who enjoy walking around as giant plush animals isn’t safe from incursion by assholes. The Daily Beast reports that Rocky Mountain Fur Con, an annual summit held in Denver for furries, has been shut down due to the activities of a group known as “Furry Raiders,” a name that actually pairs quite well with “Sad Puppies” and other like-minded groups that appear to have a real problem with minorities.

However, Furry Raiders has done its best to distance itself from these reprehensible ideologies. Or ...

14 Apr 16:29

Great Job, Internet!: Get to know the world’s greatest vaper

by Clayton Purdom
Kevespada

Runescape is the game I had to play when I was 17 so that my boyfriend would pay attention to me.

Your perception of vaping may range anywhere from “that is a thing only douches and dirtbags do” to “I am a dirtbag or douche and that is a thing I do.” Maybe there’s a third option out there, who knows. It is a massively successful industry, theoretically healthier than smoking and certainly less smelly, and it has birthed a pop-up industry of vape shops in strip malls throughout the country. In them, kids gather and do their best impression of Austin Lawrence, a.k.. “The Vape God.”

GQ profiled Lawrence at his strip-mall emporium of vape-related paraphernalia Vertigo Vaporium, and some of the details are what you’d expect. He uses the phrase really sick a lot; he has 330,000 followers on Instagram, a tidy following that has netted him a DM and real-life acquaintanceship with Drake; prior to vaping, he spent most of his time playing Runescape ...

14 Apr 14:18

Great Job, Internet!: Little girl dragged in circle by merry-go-round in perfect metaphor for life

by Randall Colburn

Well, shit. Our president’s dropping bombs, the White House Press Secretary won’t stop talking about Hitler, J. Geils is dead, and apparently The Fate of the Furious isn’t that good. Not even the reemergence of the Tamagotchi can save us now. We rage. We continue to rage. We try to continue to rage. We collapse, tethered to the planet as it rotates into oblivion.

We are Sienna.

She hasn’t given up. No, you can see her hand pushing her along. But fate is in control now. ‘Round and ‘round she goes, where she stops...well, she’ll stop on a patch of blue or yellow interlocking foam. Us, though?

Hey, look! A cat playing baseball!

[via Digg]

13 Apr 01:53

Here’s What California’s Wildflower ‘Super Bloom’ Looks Like From Space

by Lindsey Hoshaw

It’s a fantastic year for wildflower lovers, who’ve been flocking to fields of poppies, lupine and golden brush. The orange, purple and yellow blooms are already populating the warmer climes of southern California and the Central Valley thanks to above average winter rainfall following five years of drought.

Carrizo Plain National Monument is bursting with flowers after one of the wettest winters in years.
Carrizo Plain National Monument is bursting with flowers after one of the wettest winters in years. (Bob Wick/BLM)

Hundreds of wildflower species blossom in California between March and July.

The bloom is just beginning in coastal areas of Northern California, but some areas, like Lassen Volcanic National Park, won’t see snowmelt until June or July, so there are plenty more opportunities to catch upcoming wildflowers this summer.

At KQED, we were curious about the size of the early spring Southern California blooms and whether or not you could see them from space. The answer: absolutely. The view from on high is spectacular.

Using high resolution satellite imagery from Planet Labs—a start-up founded by three ex-NASA engineers—we can see vast carpets of wildflowers in Carrizo Plain National Monument, Bitter Creek National Wildlife Refuge and just north of Los Padres National Forest.

Use the vertical slider to compare side-by-side images.

Near Los Padres National Forest

Carrizo Plain National Monument

Bitter Creek National Wildlife Refuge

Satellites captured the images in late March, at the height of the bloom, and in most of those places, the wildflowers are now gone. Lush green and yellow is replaced by reddish browns as the flowers opened up for just a few weeks to become pollinated before dying off.

But you can still see vibrant colors in the satellite images on this page. Move the white scroll bar in the middle of each photo from left to right and to see a before and after comparison.

And if you’re looking to see wildflowers in person, check out Visit California, which created a list of when different California regions will see peak blooms.

13 Apr 00:12

Spanish policewoman allegedly reprimanded, suspended for taking ‘menstruation break’

by Ana Valens
Kevespada

My mom was ultimately hospitalized because she was hemorrhaging blood during her period (she had an untreated cyst) and refused to leave active duty for fear of seeming weaker than her male counterparts.

A policewoman for Spain’s Guardia Civil paramilitary police was allegedly harassed by a lieutenant officer because she was menstruating while on duty.

According to the Local, the Spanish policewoman says she was forced to stop the patrol car and rush to the bathroom after she began menstruating suddenly. Her fellow officer, who was on duty with her in the car, scolded her for taking the five to 10-minute break. According to one witness, the lieutenant told the policewoman not to “tell fibs,” and that she should “go to the toilet before or after patrol, not during.”

The policewoman was suspended for two days along with a fine. She has since filed a complaint and requested a hearing with her captain. She alleges that her superior officer harassed her at work, whereas he still believes he was justified in talking down to her for going to the bathroom on short notice.

Ironically enough, the incident happened on March 8th: International Women’s Day.

H/T theJournal.ie

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12 Apr 20:37

Great Job, Internet!: Australian TV station looped a single Simpsons quote for nearly 4 hours

by Randall Colburn

Any Simpsons fan knows that Lenny’s cry of “DENTAL PLAN!” will be swiftly followed by Marge’s reasoned plea that “Lisa needs braces.” They know this because the loop is played over and over again in the show’s season four episode “Last Exit to Springfield.” In the episode, Homer faces a quandary: If he and his colleagues give up their dental plan, they can have a keg of beer at their meetings. It takes these two voices, echoing endlessly, to help him realize this is a bad idea.

Another bad idea? The Australian TV station Eleven—which is home to a host of shows, which include The Simpsons, Futurama, and How I Met Your Mother—playing this clip on a loop for nearly four hours straight. Recently, the station posted the loop via Facebook Live video with the caption, “Just ‘Lisa needs braces’ on loop. How long can ...

12 Apr 10:17

Watch an unseen ‘Yuri on Ice’ clip from Yuri Plisetsky’s punk program

by Gavia Baker-Whitelaw
Kevespada

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Yuri on Ice, the best anime in anime history, finished its first season in December 2016. And let me tell you, it’s extremely normal to wake up each morning, gaze out at the barren hellscape of real life, and think: “You know what today needs? Some new material from Yuri on Ice, the pinnacle of human artistic achievement.”

For once, this dream has actually come true. There’s a brand new Yuri on Ice clip online, and you can experience it with your own joyful eyeballs.

The clip teases an unseen sequence starring the tiny Russian rage teen Yuri Plisetsky. It’s an excerpt from his exhibition skate, “Welcome to the Madness,” which didn’t appear onscreen in season 1.

Yuri’s exhibition skate is one of the bonus features on Vol. 6 of the show’s DVD and Blu-ray release, which comes out on May 26.

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12 Apr 10:15

Australian Rapper Named '2pec' Allegedly Attempted to Escape $465 Seafood Bill via the Ocean

by Kelly Faircloth
Australia’s Gold Coast. Photo via Getty Images.

Are you ready for the greatest saga out of Australia since The Thorn Birds? Well, here it is: A rapper who goes by the name of “2pec” allegedly tried to dine and dash on several hundred dollars’ worth of seafood by walking into the ocean, but was pursued and finally arrested via jet ski.

Australia’s ABC News reports:

An aspiring rapper gorged himself on seafood and alcohol at a Gold Coast restaurant and then fled into the surf without paying his $621 bill, a Queensland court has heard.

Terry Peck, 33, allegedly devoured two lobsters, 17 oyster shooters, a baby octopus, and several beers at Main Beach’s Omeros Bros Restaurant before making his getaway.

The staff from Main Beach restaurant took off in hot pursuit.

Peck, who goes by the name 2pec, ran onto the beach and into the surf, and efforts to cajole him back to shore were unsuccessful.

Two police jumped on a lifeguard’s jet ski and arrested him in the ocean.

“Oh God! By himself?” exclaimed the magistrate in whose court Peck landed, at the alleged figure of $621 Australian dollars, roughly $465 in American currency. But “two whole lobsters, six oysters, four Coronas and a baby octopus,” plus “21 oyster shooters, a vodka cocktail similar to a bloody mary,” as per News.com.au, wouldn’t be cheap, now would they? Especially not from Omeros Bros Restaurant, whose website proudly declares they made TripAdvisor’s list of top ten Australian fine dining experiences. Peck countered that the lobster mornays were “overcooked”—a claim that the restaurant specifically denies—and “There was oyster shell in the oyster [shot] and he said he was going to take off the bill.”

Also, “Peck said he had only left the restaurant to help a friend who was he said was giving birth on the beach,” added ABC News in an absolutely incredible display of straight-faced, bone-dry news reporting. “He said he was arrested before finding her.”

Fortunately, BuzzFeed has found some of 2pec’s work, which I will share with you now.

Do you think Iggy Azalea knows him?

11 Apr 22:21

Interview With a Man Who Has a Tramp Stamp That Says 'Executive Producer DICK WOLF'

by Sophie Kleeman
Images via my friend Kara and Bernard Johnson.

Two nights ago, while I was trying to shove a plate of slightly burnt asparagus into a Ziploc bag, slap some Bandaids on my ankles, and figure out how to get to the Passover dinner I was inappropriately late for, I got a Snapchat. It was a life-altering Snapchat, the kind I imagine is reserved for DJ Khaled, or an extremely popular teen, or Sir Evan Spiegel himself.

I received a photo of an Executive Producer Dick Wolf Tramp Stamp (EPDWTS).

I do not check Snapchat all that often anymore. This is perhaps a stupid confession coming from someone who works for Gizmodo, Jezebel’s tech-oriented sister site, but I am too lazy to keep up to date with all of the Snaps. I usually wait a few weeks and check the direct messages all at once, which is both sad yet satisfying.

On Sunday night, however, I decided to check the unopened message from Kara, my best friend from high school. Here is what greeted me:

“Is that an EPDWTS?” you might be thinking. As Kara’s helpful and furious red circles confirm, that is indeed an EPDWTS. It is a bold, inky, font-matching tribute to Dick Wolf, the prolific auteur of shows like Law & Order and Crime and Punishment. I firmly believed everyone in the world needed to see this tramp stamp, so I tweeted a screenshot and let the magic happen. (The magic, in this case, was a fave from venture capitalist Marc Andreessen.)

My tweet went viral. And a few hours later, I got a reply from the tattoo owner himself.

That night, Bernard Johnson—a 29-year-old resident of New Orleans—added me on Facebook, because sometimes the internet is good. He even left a very nice post on my wall (“Thanks for making me popular”).

The next day, Jezebel deputy editor Kate Dries asked me if I had any plans to talk to him. I told her I would ask, and when he said yes, I was happier than I had been in weeks. What follows is a transcript of our conversation, which has been condensed and edited for clarity.

Jezebel: How’s the viral fame been treating you?

Bernard Johnson: I love it. This is, like, the third time it’s happened just randomly. Not just from the tattoo—from random things about me. One time BuzzFeed got a picture of my eyebrows when I was making a funny face, and I got on their list for worst eyebrows, and everyone tagged me [on Facebook] for that too. And there was another time for my ears.

Tell me about the genesis of this wonderful tattoo.

Obviously I’m obsessed with Law & Order: SVU. Obsessed. I watch it every single day of my life. So one day, me and my tattoo artist were just talking about what I should get next. I told him I’ve wanted a tramp stamp for a while, and we were talking about Law & Order and Mariska Hargitay and everything, and I was like, man, I would love to get a Law & Order tramp stamp. And then he thought of the executive producer thing, and I was like, that is so perfect. I want that right now. And the rest is history.

So it was actually the tattoo artist’s idea?

Yeah, it was a collaboration. I mean, he enjoyed the [idea] to get a tramp stamp to do with Law & Order, and I was like, well I love the executive producer Dick Wolf!

And the font matches, too.

Yeah, my tattoo artist just copied and pasted it and inverted it so it would be the exact same font.

Why the tramp stamp location? I don’t have one, but I’m a big believer in them.

That’s how I was for the longest time. I was like, I am such a believer in tramp stamps, I love them so much, and when I saw EPDW the sparks just blew up in my mind. That’s fucking genius, I love it.

I feel like there’s some stigma associated with tramp stamps. You know, it’s like, ‘Oh, you skank.’ Do you think that’s true?

I feel like about 10 years ago, there was a stigma. But now there’s a throwback to the early culture of tattoos. New it’s an embrace of something that used to be tacky.

You’re a pretty big Law & Order fan.

The day I meet Mariska Hargitay is the day I can just die peacefully.

She’s your favorite character?

She’s my favorite character, she’s my favorite everything. I live for her.

If you live for her, why not tattoo something in her honor? Unless you already have!

That’s my next thing. My next piece that I’m working on right now—I’m gonna get a portrait of her on my back, above it.

What other tattoos do you have? I noticed you have one near your neck.

Yeah, I have my mom’s name on my neck, I have a diamond on the front of my neck, a transsexual pinup girl on my leg, along with a naked—you know the Scream killer? The guy in Scream?

The ghost.

I have a naked guy with the mask on, and it’s pretty cute.

When people see the Dick Wolf tattoo, what’s their initial reaction?

Everyone just has to go up to me and talk about it and tell me how much they love it. It happens whenever I take my shirt off. Like, it’s funny this happened at [The Country Club, a bar in New Orleans], because the last time I was there I had like, 20 people take pictures of my back, and post it on Facebook.

Were you just hanging out with friends that day?

I’m a drag queen, I was just having a pool day with my drag queen friends.

I live in New York, but my best friend from high school lives down in NOLA, and she was at this bar, and she snapped me. Afterward she was like, I feel so bad because I was sort of creeping on him with this surreptitious photo. I was like, from the reaction it got, it seems like he would be pretty—

Yeah, I want all the attention for Law & Order I can get. I want everyone to know that I’m a super Law & Order fan.

Do you have a favorite episode?

Season 7, Episode 3. I can’t remember the title of it, but it’s the one where there’s a child porn ring, and Mariska’s just a fucking badass.

I think I’ve seen that one! Is that the one where she’s like, on the phone all the time? Is she on the phone for most of the episode?

Yeah, she’s on the phone for a lot of the episode.

And the girl is trapped somewhere, or she’s in a basement or something.

I’m here for it.

After the tweet started blowing up, one of my friends sent me a photo. Apparently, these executive producer Dick Wolf tattoos are actually—well, not common, but more people have them than you might think. I saw one where the girl had sort of a ribcage/underboob type deal going on.

Cute!

Do you think you would feel like kindred spirits?

Yes, 100 percent. I feel no competition with Law & Order whatsoever. I wish everyone had the tattoo so that we could all love Law & Order the same.

How long have you been watching Law & Order for?

As long as I can remember. My parents watched it, my grandparents watched it. I would bond with them and watch it, and I used to love it as a kid. I love it even more as an adult.

What do your friends and family think of the tattoo? Are they fans?

My family loves it. As soon as I got it, they thought it was hilarious. My friends love it, it’s such a party trick—whenever I take off my shirt and I have that there.

People responded really, really strongly. I was going through some of the responses on my own Twitter feed, and so many of them were like, “same,” “it me,” “I want this,” or tagging friends or whatever. Why do you think that the response is that way? Is it just a shared bond over Law & Order?

I feel like tons of people love Law & Order: SVU and they just don’t really talk about it as much as they should. It’s a controversial show—it [has] sex abuse, crimes, but when you get down to it, it’s about the characters and about the stories and showing that a strong woman can be empowered. That’s what I value most about it, because Mariska Hargitay reminds me a lot of my mother, [whom] I lost when I was 19. I just get it. I love Mariska so much.

This was one of those weird things for me where it was sort of like the internet coming to life. You always see these types of things on Tumblr or Instragram, but you’re never there for the moment of creation. You’re never there to see it before it gets crazy.

It was really fun to see that transpire all at once. I was on my way home from the pool and I checked my Facebook feed and someone posted on my wall already that you had tweeted it, and I was like, oh my goodness. And then all night long I was just watching the views and retweets go higher and higher.

What’s the craziest thing anyone’s ever said to you about the tattoo?

Some people just think it’s stupid. They’ll be like, why would you get that, it’s ridiculous! I’m like, I like Law & Order a little bit more than you. If you liked it more you’d understand why I had this tattoo. Why wouldn’t you if you’re dedicated?

Do you have any idea if Mariska has seen the Dick Wolf tattoo?

As far as I know she has not. I’ve tweeted several times at her because I want her to see it more than anything.