This should help you plan out your Thanksgiving coping mechanism.
"Graveyards may not seem the ideal location for afternoon tea, but there is a trend towards opening cafes inside cemetery walls in Berlin and other cities. They offer comfort not just for the bereaved but for local people and tourists who seek tranquility."
Kanye West, Q-Tip, Lil Wayne and a couple of A$APs pitch in on the new Busta Rhymes track, which will help distract you from the realization that "Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See" was more than 15 years ago and sweet Christ where did that time go? Anyway, this is not groundbreaking but it's pretty enjoyable. [Via]
"Faced with pain, most people choose to 'get it out of the way' as soon as possible, according to new research published in PLOS Computational Biology. For the study, participants were asked to choose between real painful stimuli in the form of electric shocks, and imagined painful dental appointments occurring at different times in the future. The researchers found that most people chose to hasten the experience of pain —[...]
Here's what the most expensive case of wine in the world tastes like.
"The often-reliable Soul Jazz Records label has recently issued another mahoosive tome dedicated to record sleeve imagery, in particular punk, new wave and U.S. garage-rock. Entitled 'Punk 45 – Kill The Hippies! Kill Yourself!', the hefty volume weighs 2kg, comes dressed in an eye-catching orange cover and includes over 350 pages of punk-singles cover art from 1976-80, all edited and forwarded by Jon Savage and Stuart Baker." —How am I just hearing about this now? [...]
It is unlikely that you missed news of this import over the weekend, but just in case here is the story.
"Animal cruelty has been a fact of life on productions since the inception of Hollywood. (Nearly 100 horses died during the shooting of 1959’s Ben-Hur alone.) Action-adventure films and Westerns were known to treat animals harshly in their attempts to attain verisimilitude long before the advent of CGI. As early as 1939, after a horse was forced onto a slippery platform, tilted to ensure it would plummet 70 feet off a cliff to its death, during the shooting of Jesse James, the Hays Office, typically busy with other forms of morality policing, invited the AHA (not to be confused with the Humane Society of the United States) to be present [...]
"Now as these videos end up on YouTube and elsewhere online, officials are worried that there are going to be copycat attacks," a "Today Show" correspondent tells us after nearly three minutes of video showing people being knocked out.
This expose of a dog that looks like Hitler helpfully references such previous classics of the genre as "House Looks Like Hitler," "Goldfish Looks Like Hitler," "Kettle Looks Like Hitler," "Cat Looks Like Hitler" and the obscure favorite of hardcore Looks Like Hitler enthusiasts everywhere, "Lotion Bottle Looks Like Hitler." Anyway, here you will find a dog that resembles Adolf Hitler.
"Because of an editing error, an article on Nov. 5 about a study of antibiotic-resistant E. coli bacteria found on samples of chicken sold in the New York area misstated one of its findings. The researchers reported that nearly twice as much of the bacteria was found on the kosher chicken as on conventionally raised birds, not that twice as many of the kosher samples tested positive for the bacteria."
"[Y]ou may be surprised to learn that there’s no scientific evidence whatsoever to support the idea that alcohol makes you put on weight. That’s hugely counter-intuitive, I know, because alcohol certainly is said to contain lots of calories. But the curious fact remains that alcohol isn’t fattening. Here’s just some of the evidence." — Now you could click through to see what this evidence says and decide for yourself whether or not Science writer Tony Edwards' claim that alcohol is actually good for [...]
"Libation's EDM Brunch offered 7½ hours of electronic dance music with a side of eggs. Partygoers typically arrived in the early afternoon, some wearing glowstick-festooned headbands, sunglasses or bracelets, and by 2 p.m., tables around the club were littered with used napkins and half-finished mimosas. The breakfast burrito and fruit plate garnered rave reviews. Andi Cross and Lex Houser, the hosts of the party and the owners of Bad Kids Clothing, a line of EDM-inspired gear, danced and mingled with their guests. They hail from Philadelphia, a city with a less robust club scene. 'This party is bananas,' said Ms. Cross, wearing a foam banana suit. Standing behind her, Ms. [...]
Hot on the heels of Housing Estate Shaped Like Swastika comes Housing estate 'looks like a giant penis', which you should not click through to if you are someone who is plagued with feelings of inadequacy.
As someone who has owned copies of Up for a Bit with The Pastels on vinyl, cassette and compact disc, I feel obliged—nay, compelled—to post this video from their new album, Slow Summits. I mean, of the videos out just now from bands that were making records 25 years ago, what are the other options? [Via]
"Smith, a somewhat unlikely fan of the series, fell in love with the 'Hunger Games' characters, as well as the 'revolutionary spirit' in Suzanne Collins's books, after going to the first premiere. She recorded a song for the 'Catching Fire' soundtrack and occasionally wears a Mockingjay on her chest when she performs, she said. This in particular resonates with her younger fans, she explained, who at her concerts will often make the symbol of resistance that appears in the movie." —Patti Smith, in what is not even the weirdest thing you will read before the end [...]
Okay, I know I was all, hold out, we're going to get through this death orgy together, but they are not making it easy, particularly when your inbox fills up with stuff like this: To remember this tragic day and provide historical context to those who did not live through it, Boston.com will present a unique experience – a historically accurate live blog featuring a timeline of November 22, 1963 – as the site would have reported the assassination using today's technology…. A team of Boston.com digital producers and editors… have spent weeks gathering photos, videos, and [...]
Given that we have finally arrived at the long-awaited point in American history when the Baby Boom generation starts to die off en masse it seems likely that this 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's assassination will be the last big hurrah for all the identical boring stories you have to hear from old people about how their high school gym teachers blew a whistle and brought them all to the center of the room to tell them the President had been shot etc. and then Woodstock changed music, man. So if you can just make it through this weekend's final orgy of "Camelot" and "shattered innocence" and "lost hope" [...]