As the London enters another day of rioting, looters and bystanders have taken to the web to arm themselves. Amazon’s UK site has seen scary-high spikes in sales of blunt objects over the past 24 hours, including a 50,000% spike in clubs and a more than 35,000% spike among different aluminum baseball bat models.
Our friends at PopCrush assembled an epic list of the worst album covers released in the top half of 2011, including atrocities from Lady Gaga, Limp Bizkit and 311. We must say, there’s something about the digital age that makes artists release pretty awful cover art — could it be that in the age of Spotify and iTunes, they think these’ll never actually get seen any larger than thumbnail-size?
After a days-long duel in which original Old Spice Guy Isaiah Mustafa and challenger Fabio battled for the seat of Old Spice’s official spokesman, a winner has emerged. During the battle, both parties released countless YouTube videos charming their fans all over the web. Watch the finale to see who claimed the crown:
Washington Post columnist Gene Weingarten knows that flying is uncomfortable enough (strict carry-on rules, awkward TSA patdowns) without a rude invasion of space by your fellow passengers. Cramped quarters on most airplanes make it downright inhumane to recline your seat, minimizing the already-meager leg room of the person behind you.
NewsCorp executive Rebekah Brooks, forced to resign from her post after her division’s ‘News of the World’ phone hacking scandal, has been treated to internet fame thanks to readily-available streams of her testimonies in London’s parliament. And since Brooks resigned on a Friday (June 15), the trolls couldn’t help but give her the Rebecca Black treatment.
A clever YouTuber put together a parody of Black’s viral hit ‘Friday,’ with Brooks singing about her shattered reputation (“Friday, Friday / Gotta resign on Friday”). The song also includes jabs at NewsCorp and head honcho Rupert Murdoch.
Morning commutes just got a lot more fun in Utrecht. Recent renovations to a train station in the Overvecht neighborhood of the Netherlands city included the installation of a slide (their transit authority calls it a “transfer accelerator”), which passengers can ride to the platform instead of taking the adjacent stairs.
Barack Obama must be gunning for the grammar school vote with all the kids he's been charming lately. After calming a crying infant earlier this week, the official White House YouTube channel shows him visiting with lots of other young constituents, teaching us some valuable lessons in how to win over these future voters:
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