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The Pope’s Jumbotron

July 13, 2015

The Pope's Jumbotron

Pope Francis will address a Joint Session of Congress when he visits Washington DC on September 24, 2015. Since ticket demand greatly exceeds the capacity of the Capitol House Chamber, huge Jumbotron screens will be set up on the National Mall so tens of thousands of fans and the faithful can see and hear the Pope in real time.

After his Congressional speech, His Holiness will briefly address the crowds outside from the Capitol’s West Front while his Swiss Guards stand on the Capitol steps and fire T-Shirt Guns, pelting the throng with souvenir garb and  panini imbottito. Okay, they won’t, but they should, right?

After concluding his visit to Washington, Pope Francis will fly to New York so he can get a decent slice of pizza.

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TV Terminates Trump

July 2, 2015

NBC to Trump: 'You're Fired!'
Donald John Trump, Sr., reality television performer, real estate heirgolf course owner, beauty pageant producer, hotel and casino boss, chairman and president of Trump This n’ That, and really rich person, declared his candidacy for U.S. President two weeks ago. He also declared that Mexican immigrants are drug dealers, rapists, and killers.

Needless to say, this did not go over well with the USA’s largest ethnic group, Latinos, or with the Republic of Mexico. America’s largest Spanish-language broadcaster Univisión was the first to unplug Trump, dropping coverage of the Miss USA and Miss Universe beauty pageants he produces, and NBC followed suit. Understandably, Miss Mexico opted out of the Miss Universe competition, and so did Miss Costa Rica. NBC’s Miss USA co-hosts also bailed, Miss USA judges Zuleyka Rivera and Emmitt Smith recused themselves, and rapper Flo Rida won’t perform on the show, either.

New York City is reviewing its contracts with the Trump Organization, which manages Central Park’s skating rinks and carousel and golf links at Point Ferry Park in the Bronx. NASCAR won’t hold its awards ceremony at Trump’s hotel. Macy’s is discontinuing it’s Trump menswear line, but there’s been lots of interest in Donald Trump piñatas, hand-crafted in Mexico.

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Sarah Palin Fired by Fox. Again.

June 25, 2015

Sarah Palin Fired by Fox. Again.

Sarah Palin, former Miss Wasilla and once part-time Temp-Governor of Alaska, has been let go by Fox News, where she impersonated a political commentator with the same authority she brought to the losing 2008 GOP presidential campaign. She had been fired by the network before. In 2013 Fox News ended their three-year relationship with Mrs. Palin. Of course, that was a year longer than she lasted as Alaska’s governor.

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Panicking Plutocrats Ponder Wealth Inequality

March 13, 2015

Panicking Plutocrats Ponder Wealth Inequality
Daily Show correspondent Hasan Minhaj recently explored the growing income gap in the millionaire population. “According to a recent study,” he concluded, “the insanely rich people are leaving behind the lowly, average, regular rich people.”

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Patricia Arquette Minds the Gap

February 24, 2015

Patricia Arquette Minds the Gap

When Patricia Arquette accepted the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, she had words of support for other working women (especially working moms): “It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women in the United States of America.”

While not everyone gave her performance (or her backstage chatter) rave reviews, Jesus smiled on it (okay, it’s Jared Leto). And so did  Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lopez:

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Charlie Hebdo

January 8, 2015

Charlie Hebdo

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Hatsune Miku

January 4, 2015

Japan’s virtual singing sensation Hatsune Miku (初音ミク), performing “The World Is Mine” for 3,000 fans at at Zepp Tokyo concert hall in Odaiba. Often called a “hologram,” Hatsune Miku is more properly a 2-D back-projected animation whose synthesized voice was sampled from voice actress Saki Fujita (藤田咲). Hatsune Miku means “First Sound from the Future.”

In October, Hatsune Miku played two concerts in New York and she and her human band appeared live on The David Letterman Show:

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The Best of ‘The Best of 2014′ Lists

December 31, 2014

The Best of ‘The Best of 2014′ Lists

2014 “Year-In-Review” lists you may have missed:

“Top 10 Least Reliable Cars of 2014,” Jason Siu, AutoGuide

“Best of Lacrosse 2014,” Lacrosse Magazine

“Top 10 Best Bollywood On Screen Kisses Of 2014,” Business of Cinema

“The 14 most glorious posts on Craigslist in 2014,” Jessica Contrera, Washington Post

“17 worst selfies of 2014,” Brian Koerber, Mashable

“Top 10 Misguided Climate Deniers’ Quotes of 2014,” Mitch Jones, Food & Water Watch

“The top 10 graphic novels of 2014,” Michael Cavna, Washington Post

“Top 10 New Species of 2014,” Jeffrey Kluger, TIME

“NASCAR: Best Pit Crews And Crew Members Of 2014,” Christopher Olmstead, BeyondTheFlag.com

“Cricket in 2014: 10 memorable moments,” Mike Selvey, The Guardian

“Top 10 temporary structures of 2014,” DesignBoom

“Top 10 worst candidates of 2014,” Jessica Taylor and Cameron Joseph, The Hill

“Top 5 Egregious Political Fails of 2014,” Patrice J. Lee, Independent Women’s Forum

“The 10 best moments in political comedy this year,” Kali Holloway, Salon

“The Top 10 Vinyl Releases of 2014,” Diffuser.fm

“Top 25 Best Fuzz Pedals of 2014,” Gabriel Tanaka, BestGuitarEffects.com

“14 striking findings from 2014,” George Gao, Pew Research Center

“Barbara Walters: ‘The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2014,'” ABC News

“The 25 Most Intriguing People of 2014,” People Magazine

“The Least Influential People of 2014,” Drew Magary, GQ

“The Best Science Books of 2014,”  Maria Popova, Brain Pickings

“The Five Best Anime of 2014,” Richard Eisenbeis, Kotaku

“The best (and worst) commercials of 2014,” Joshua Rivera, Entertainment Weekly

“The top 27 GoPro videos of 2014,” Brian Koerber, Mashable

“The 6 best classical music viral videos of 2014,” Daniel Ross, Classic FM

“The 12 Most Stylish Music Videos of 2014,” Alyssa Vingan, Fashionista

“10 Great, Underrated Movies From 2014,” Jason Bailey, Flavorwire

“Top 20 most pirated movies of 2014,” Todd Spangler, Boston Herald

“Top 10 Toys of 2014,” Eliana Dockterman, TIME

“2014 ’10 Worst Toy’ List,” ToySafety.org

“11 of the Worst Policy Ideas of 2014,” Wonkblog staff, Washington Post

“Top 5 Russian military innovations of 2014,” Tatyana Rusakova, Russia & India Report

“The 10 Most Memorable New Products of 2014,” Kristina Monllos, AdWeek

“The 10 most tasteless sales items of 2014,” Cliff Weathers, Salon

“Best Tall Buildings of 2014,” Adam Williams, GizMag

“Top 101 Convenience Stores of 2014,” CSPnet.com

“11 Remarkable Health Advances From 2014,” Alexandra Sifferlin, TIME

“The 8 Most Bogus health claims of 2014,” Julia Belluz, Vox

“The 20 Best Comedians of 2014,” Hudson Hongo, Paste

Best poetry books of 2014,” Don Share, Boston Globe

“The five best Romance novels of 2014,” Sarah MacLean, Washington Post

“Best of 2014: Biggest Bromances,” Kamala Kirk, E! Online

“The Top 10 Celebrity Weddings of 2014,” Kristen Klein, Bridal Guide

“The Best Wrestlers of 2014,” Kyle Dunning, eWrestlingNews.com

“The 20 Best K-Pop Songs of 2014,” Jeff Benjamin and Jessica Oak, Billboard

“The 2014 Top Ten Higher Education List,” Robert Kelchen, College Guide

“The 19 Best TV Couples Of 2014,” Shaunna Murphy , MTV News

“Notable deaths of 2014 from the worlds of technology, science & inventions.” Bob Brown, NetworkWorld

“Best of 2014: Kate Middleton’s Most Regal Styles This Year,”  Lindsey Sirera, E! online

“The 10 Best Football Managers of 2014,” Sierra Godfrey, Football.com

“Best Bishoujo Of 2014,” SeventhStyle

“Top 10 Innovations 2014,” The Scientist

“The 25 Best Cigars of 2014,” Cigar Aficionado

“Most Wasteful Government Tech Projects Of 2014,” Elena Malykhina, Information Week

“The Best Cosplay Of 2014,” Luke Plunkett, Kotaku

“The Best Poetry Books of 2014,” Sarah Crown, The Guardian

“Top 10 Golf Shots in 2014,” T.J. Auclair, PGA.com

“The 5 worst art exhibitions of 2014,” Richard Dorment, The Telegraph

“Michelle Obama’s Best Outfits of 2014,” TIME

“The Most Over-The-Top Christmas Trees Of 2014,” Chris McGonigal and Carol Kuruvilla, The Huffington Post

“10 Worst Leveraged ETFs of 2014,” Tom Lydon, ETFtrends.com

“16 memes that broke the Internet in 2014,” Annie Colbert, Mashable

“The Best of the Best New Supermarket Snacks of 2014,” Anne Monette Roberts, Pop Sugar

“The Top 10 Cleanses of 2014,” Charlotte Hilton Anderson, Shape

“Politics Dominates the Top Ag and Food Stories of 2014,” Peggy Lowe, Tri-States Public Radio

“Top 12 Agriculture Blogs of 2014,” Farm Futures

“Instagram’s top 10 most-tagged destinations of 2014,” Maeve McDermott, USA Today

“10 Best Feminist Music Videos of 2014,” Feministing

“The 10 Best Up-And-Coming Female Singer-Songwriters You Need To Know,” Diane Cho, VH1.com

The Sexiest Female Athletes of 2014,” Hilary Sheinbaum, Men’s Fittness

“The Hottest Women of 2014,” Men’s Health

“The 12 Most Powerful Feminist Hashtags Of 2014,” Elizabeth Plank, Huffington Post

“18 Badass Women You Probably Didn’t Hear About In 2014,” Rossalyn Warren, BuzzFeed

“Top 10 Muslim women that made headlines in 2014,” Dina al-Shibeeb, Al Arabiya News

“Top 10 educational facilities of 2014,” DesignBoom

“The Top 10 Offbeat Moments of the 2014 Tennis Season,” Chris Oddo, Tennis Now

“The 15 best subreddits of 2014,” Max Knobblauch, Mashable

“Top 10 WWE Superstars of 2014,” Renjith Ravindran, SportsSkeeda

“Top 10 3D printing stories of 2014,” DesignBoom

“The least essential albums of 2014,” David Anthony, Laura M. Browning, Marah Eakin, Josh Modell, Sean O’Neal, and Annie Zaleski, A.V. Club

“The 15 Most Influential Fictional Characters of 2014,” Daniel D’Addario, TIME

“The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds: 2014,” Thomson Reuters

“Cleaning All-Stars: The Best Cleaning Products of 2014,” AllYou

“4 Worst Government Data Breaches Of 2014,” Jai Vijayan, Information Week

“The Best User Interfaces Of 2014,” Mark Wilson, FastCoDesign

“The 10 Best Ads of 2014,” Tim Nudd, AdWeek

“The 25 Best Inventions of 2014,” TIME

“20 Best Metal Songs of 2014,” LoudWire

“Top 2014 Invertebrates Books,” Marc Srour, Teaching Biology

“21 Greatest Selfies of 2014,” Brian Koerber, Mashable

“The Best Wall Street Analysts of 2014,” Institutional Investor

“Top 5 Poker Players of 2014,” Lee Davy, Poker Update

“The Top 10 [Marijuana] Strains of 2014,” Danny Danko, High Times

“The 12 Best Documentaries of 2014,” Geoff Berkshire, Andy Crump, Michael Dunaway, Tim Grierson, Jeremy Mathews, and Tom Meek, Paste

“Hip-Hop’s Biggest Fail Moments of 2014,” Emmanuel C.M., XXL

“The 19 best drone photos of 2014,” Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai, Mashable

“Best kisses of 2014,” Christina Ascani, Mashable

“The Best Snowshoes of 2014,” Berne Broudy, Outside

“2014’s Best Books on Psychology, Philosophy, and How to Live Meaningfully,” Maria Popova, Brain Pickings

“The 20 best cassettes of 2014,” Fact

“The Most Interesting Product Controversies of 2014,” Vauhini Vara, The New Yorker

“Top dog names of 2014,” Victoria Taylor, NY Daily News

“Scientific American’s Top 10 Science Stories of 2014,” Scientific American

“Top 10 Feuds of 2014,” Denver Nicks, TIME

“The Worst Instances Of Public Nudity In 2014,” Tess Barker, MTV

The Best Red Dresses of 2014,” Chrissy Rutherford, Harpers Bazaar

“Top 10 phone scams of 2014,” Phil W. Hudson, Atlanta Business Chronicle

“Top Xbox 360 Games of 2014,” VideoGamer.com

“Here are Wall Street’s six worst trades of 2014,” Melvin Backman, Quartz

“The 10 Worst Things Wal Mart Did in 2014,” Alyssa Figueroa, Salon

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It’s Not Christmas Without You

December 30, 2014

“It’s Not Christmas Without You,” by Dan SchneiderEric Goldman, and Michael Corcoran, performed by Victoria Justice, Liz Gillies and Ariana Grande on the Nickelodeon TV musical sitcom Victorious.

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All I Want 4 Xmas = U

December 25, 2014

“All I Want for Christmas is You,” written by Mariah Carey and Walter Afanasieff, performed by Ms. Carey, Jimmy Fallon, and The Roots.

More:

“The True Story Behind Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want For Christmas,'” Rob Wile, Business Insider

“All I Want for Christmas Is Diminished Chords,” Adam Ragusea, Slate

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