Anti-MDMA Campaign Warns Teens About Dangers Of Feeling More Connected To Others

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“Too many of our nation’s children don’t realize that even a single dose of MDMA—or Molly, as it’s known—has the devastating potential to make users feel like they’re part of one big human family, connected to all those around them by a single cosmic thread.”

ROCKVILLE, MD—Explaining that most young people mistakenly believe the popular drug to be safe for recreational use, officials from the National Institute on Drug Abuse unveiled a new anti-MDMA campaign Friday warning teens about the dangers of feeling deep emotional connections to others.

“Teens need to know this isn’t just a benign party drug; it comes with serious consequences, and it can and will cause users to see the world from the eyes of the people standing next to them and, within minutes, realize they love them that much more for it. The only way to avoid these disastrous side effects is to stay away from Molly altogether.”

— NIDA spokesperson June Kessler

“Too many of our nation’s children don’t realize that even a single dose of MDMA—or Molly, as it’s known—has the devastating potential to make users feel like they’re part of one big human family, connected to all those around them by a single cosmic thread,” said NIDA spokesperson June Kessler, who noted that 13- to 18-year-olds were especially at risk of succumbing to a profound warmth and admiration toward their peers that knows no bounds….(read more)


The Incredible Hulk: Hostess Fruit Pie?

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[PHOTO] Belle + Taco Bell = Taco Belle

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Belle + Taco BellTaco Belle, fast food princess and puntastically awesome cosplay by master costumer Olivia Mears, aka Avant-Geek.

It all began in 2012 when Mears went to Taco Bell dressed as Belle from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.

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Then she made a stunning dress out of Taco Bell taco wrappers last year:

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Now she’s combined the two in a stunning satin ballgown. The tacos are made of hand-painted card stock, tissue paper, and felt. The flowers and ruffles are made from Taco Bell wrappers.

To check out more of her gorgeous costumes visit Olivia Mears’ DeviantArt portfolio or Facebook page.

[via Neatorama]

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[VIDEO] Little Dog Cliff Dives

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UPDATE: Important Headline Correction

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In a previous story, we misidentified Hollywood actress Betty White as presidential contender and former First Lady, Hillary Clinton. We apologize for the error.


LEMUR UBER Ride Sharing

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[VIDEO] July’s Best News Bloopers

Why is Amazon is so successful? This anchor has an interesting theory, though his co-host clearly does not appreciate his personal insight. Similarly, a host makes a comment about eating burritos outdoors that her co-host finds so distasteful, he can’t contain his impatience to move on to the next segment.

From the weatherman who weaves Taylor Swift lyrics into his forecast, to little kids dancing in the background of a news report, there’s plenty here to enjoy. Some of it is NSFW.


Editorial Meeting: How to Write a Headline

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‘Ignore the Story, Cover the Pounce’

Noah Rothman on the Media’s Favorite Framing Device: ‘Republican Reaction’ Stories

 


Arnold Schwarzenegger is The SelfieNator

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[VIDEO] REWIND: Everything Wrong With ‘Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol’

Just in time for Rogue Nation, we finish up the Mission Impossible series with what is easily the best of the bunch to date. Still gots sins, yo.


Confirmation Bias?

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[PHOTO] Federal Bureau of Investigation Founder J. Edgar Hoover, Before Lunch

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Campaign 2016: Donald Trump Challenges Other GOP Contenders to Farting Contest

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UPDATE: Important Headline Correction

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Error: Previous headline said “Elecocutes”. Should be “Electrify”. We apologize for any inconvenience.


Obama Electrocutes Kenyan Youth With a Speech From the Heart

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Aryn Baker reports: Despite longstanding family ties to Kenya, U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to Nairobi—the first by a serving U.S. President—has been largely an official affair, defined by bilateral meetings and entrepreneurship conferences.

That all changed on Sunday, when he addressed Kenyan youth at a sports stadium and spoke from the heart. As his convoy turned into Nairobi’s SafariCom Arena, he finally received the exuberant welcome that security precautions had all but denied him since his arrival two nights prior.

Crowds of men, women and children, some waving flags and banners welcoming him back to his father’s homeland, thronged the highway. Inside the arena, some 4,500 students, government officials and civil society leaders jumped to their feet as Obama’s half sister, Auma Obama, introduced a man who really had no need for introduction. By the time Obama took the podium, the crowd was ecstatic. “I love you!” shouted a member of the audience. “I love you too,” Obama said to the crowd.

Part state address, part commencement speech, Obama’s 40-minute talk started with a personal reminiscence of his first trip to Kenya in 1998, when he was a young law student seeking to learn more about his roots.

On that trip, he said, the airline lost his bags. “That doesn’t happen on Air Force One,” he joked. Read the rest of this entry »


[VIDEO] Comedy of Errors: Trespassing Kids Freak Out When Spotted by Drone

Stephen Coyle was flying his DJI Phantom 3 drone near a Letterkenny, Ireland, school when he spotted a few kids running on the roof and seemingly up to no good. In a video posted to YouTube, Coyle writes that the kids spotted the drone and mistakenly assume it was after them, causing a comedy of errors that led the kids to where he was piloting the drone….(read more)

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[VIDEO] Frequently-Wrong Meteorologist Arrested While Doing Weather Forecast, Columnist Paul Krugman Fears He’s Next

Newfoundland meteorologist Eddie Sheerr arrested during weathercast. (NTV)

Law enforcement is so fed up with the miserably cold, cloudy, and damp weather in Newfoundland, Canada that it has arrested two local broadcast meteorologists.

CBC News meteorologist Ryan Snoddon was the first to take the fall for the anomalous chill. You can watch his arrest – part of an apparent sting operation – below:

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Next in the hopper was NTV meteorologist Eddie Sheerr, arrested while delivering the forecast on the evening news.

Both Snoddon and Sheer were charged with impersonating a meteorologist, failing to provide the essentials of summer – sunshine, good forecasts and blue skies – and trafficking of rain, drizzle, and fog.

Prior to their arrest, the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary had issued a statement to the media noting Snoddon and Sheerr were persons of interest given the following state of affairs:

SUMMER was last seen in early August of 2014. When last seen, SUMMER was described as being between 20-30 degrees Celsius (68-86 degrees Fahrenheit), blue skies with a bright and warm source of light in the sky. There have been sporadic sightings of this bright object, but these sightings have been rare since May 2015.

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Frequently-wrong New York Times columnist Paul Krugman is reportedly afraid to appear on television, due to fears of being arrested. Krugman has never been held accountable for his dishonest statements and failed predictions.

Sheerr – who is from the U.S. – faces possible deportation, the arresting officer said.

Of course, the arrests were just a humorous stunt – the Canadian’s way of coping with conditions that are egregious even by their own standards. Read the rest of this entry »


[VIDEO] Japan’s Comedy Central: Shōten 笑点

Don’t you love the theme music?

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How I Killed ‘National Lampoon’

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‘It was my fault,’ only half-jokes the best-selling satirist and former editor of the iconic publication. Now, on the eve of a Lampoon-less ‘Vacation’ reboot he deems unworthy (a ‘dump-fill featuring the ‘Hangover’ wimp’), he explains what went right and very wrong for the once-legendary comedy brand.

P.J. O’Rourke writes: A new Vacation movie is scheduled to be released — or allowed to escape — on July 29. To judge by the obvious, pitiful, frenetic, stupid raunchiness of its trailer, it belongs to the genre known as “post-humoristic.”

“The National Lampoon staff was busy sticking it to the man and being alienated, sarcastic, cynical and hip. I had the Squaresville job of making the magazine show a profit. To which task I guess I seemed well-suited. I owned a suit.”

The movie declares itself to be a remake of National Lampoon’s Vacation, the 1983 classic of obvious, pitiful, frenetic, stupid innocence. But the words “National Lampoon” are never mentioned in the trailer. This is doubtless a relief to those two good souls in Funny Heaven: John Hughes, who wrote the script for the original, and Harold Ramis, who directed it. Yet the absence of the magazine’s name causes pangs of ancient regret to old duffers who held NatLamp dear in the 1970s and early 1980s.

O’Rourke in January.

O’Rourke in January.

We remember how the publication was a font of youthful nihilism’s dark, ironic genius (albeit with the obvious, pitiful, frenetic and stupid qualities that entails).

“National Lampoon was never a pleasant place to work. The office was rife with the clubby snits and snubs of its clubby, snitty progenitor, Harvard Lampoon, founded in 1876. Some of the snits were a century old.”

We remember how, in the late 1980s and early 1990s, the magazine went to hell. National Lampoon now seems damned to the point that its name isn’t even worthy of being attached to a summer cineplex dump-fill featuring the Hangover wimp dentist as leading man and a Chevy Chase cameo.

From left: Anthony Michael Hall, Chase, Beverly D’Angelo and Dana Barron, the original Griswolds from 1983’s National Lampoon’s Vacation, based on a Hughes magazine story from 1979.

From left: Anthony Michael Hall, Chase, Beverly D’Angelo and Dana Barron, the original Griswolds from 1983’s National Lampoon’s Vacation, based on a Hughes magazine story from 1979.

Sick transit gloria. What a shocking fall for Lampoon’s shock humor. And it was my fault.

“Plus having a bunch of humorists in one place is like having a bunch of cats in a sack.”

I was editor-in-chief of National Lampoon from 1978 through 1980, when the magazine began sinking. It limped on as a monthly until 1985, but I was one of the last original creators still on board.

The failure was caused by success. From the inaugural issue of National Lampoon in 1970 until he left in 1974, Michael O’Donoghue was the most important influence on its style, tone and content. He went on to become the first head writer for Saturday Night Live.

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he new Vacation features a Chase (center) cameo.

Before becoming the first stars of SNL, John Belushi and Chase starred, alongside Christopher Guest, in the 1972 off-Broadway play National Lampoon Lemmings. Belushi recruited Bill Murray for the 1973-1974 National Lampoon Radio Hour cast, which included Richard Belzer. Murray and fellow Radio Hour performer Gilda Radner starred in the 1975 off-Broadway National Lampoon Show. Hughes started a spectacular career writing for the Lampoon. Ramis started another scripting National Lampoon’s Animal House with NatLamp co-founder Doug Kenney and Chris Miller, author of Lampoon’s popular Animal House short stories that inspired the 1978 movie.

Belushi (center) in 1978’s Animal House, scripted by Ramis, Doug Kenney and Chris Miller.

National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978) Directed by John Landis. Shown from left: Tom Hulce (as Larry ‘Pinto’ Kroger), John Belushi (as John ‘Bluto’ Blutarsky), Stephen Furst (as Kent ‘Flounder’ Dorfman)

“Even in the salad days of magazine publishing, there wasn’t a lot of lettuce on the plate. Playboy used to pay — cue Dr. Evil moment — a dollar a word.”

If you see a pattern, it’s called money. What do you think the proper comparison would be between how much Hughes was paid for writing National Lampoon’s Vacation and how much I paid him for the short story “Vacation ’58,” upon which the movie was based? If you’re thinking chalk and cheese, you like to eat chalk better than John did.

[This story first appeared in the July 31 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe]

The National Lampoon Show  (New York City, 1974) Shown from left: John Belushi, Gilda Radner, Harold Ramis

The National Lampoon Show (New York City, 1974) Shown from left: John Belushi, Gilda Radner, Harold Ramis

Even in the salad days of magazine publishing, there wasn’t a lot of lettuce on the plate. Playboy used to pay — cue Dr. Evil moment — a dollar a word.

By 1980, talented young writers with youthful nihilism’s dark, ironic genius had as many opportunities as there were Porky’s sequels.

[Read the full text here, at Hollywood Reporter]

Besides, National Lampoon was never a pleasant place to work. The office was rife with the clubby snits and snubs of its clubby, snitty progenitor, Harvard Lampoon, founded in 1876. Some of the snits were a century old. Plus having a bunch of humorists in one place is like having a bunch of cats in a sack.

The iconic Lampoon cover from 1973.

The iconic Lampoon cover from 1973.

As the boss, I had the people skills of Luca Brasi in The Godfather and the business acumen of the fellows who were managing New York’s finances in the 1970s (remember the Post‘s headline “FORD TO CITY: DROP DEAD“). Read the rest of this entry »


It’s Friday!

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[BOOKS] Now In Paperback: Hillary Clinton is ‘Payola Woman: The Intimate Inside Story of a Woman’s Fight for Stardom’

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Barney Frank: ‘Nobody Cares What I Think’

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