Thursday, April 17, 2014
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POSTED: Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 11:58 AM

We first saw Bradley Cooper and Zach Galifianakis team up in 2009’s The Hangover, but as a newly surfaced clip proves, the pair were actually, erm, very well-acquainted as far back as 2002. Behold, ladies and gentlemen, Cooper’s appearance on Late World with Zach

Featuring Galifianakis without his trademark beard, the show followed the usual talk show format we’re familiar with, but aimed at a younger, probably more stoned audience. Think a pre-Adult Swim live action, complete with non-sequiturs and hilariously awkward humor. Perhaps not surprisingly, Late World with Zach only lasted nine episodes.

Fortunately, though, the stunted run was able to produce this now-vintage internet gem, which shows Cooper humping Galifianakis’ belt buckle (at his request), doling out a nice foot massage, a chat about whales, and referencing Philadelphia as his hometown. So, something for everyone.

POSTED: Monday, April 14, 2014, 12:10 PM
A Wawa store in Marple Township, Delaware County.

Way back in April 1964, area convenience kings Wawa opened up their first shop in Folsom, Delaware County, setting off a chain of events that would land them in the hearts and minds of Philadelphians everywhere some 50 years later. They’ll celebrate that fateful day at Wawa’s 17th and Arch location this Wednesday, April 16—henceforth known as “Wawa Day.”

No, you don’t get off for it. Yet.

Mayor Nutter will join CEO Chris Gheysens at their Arch Street location to declare April 16—the day when Wawa’s Folsom store opened in 1964—as the city’s official Wawa Day in honor of the company's 50th anniversary. It will be one of joy and frolic—and hoagies.

POSTED: Friday, April 11, 2014, 12:42 PM
John Winkler, 30, was shot and killed Monday night by LA police after being mistaken for a stabbing suspect. Photo via Facebook.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department accidentally shot and killed a Tosh.O production assistant on Monday after they mistook him for a stabbing suspect. John Winkler, an aspiring producer and temporary assistant on the show, was 30.

The Los Angeles Times was among the first to report on the incident, which went virtually unknown until yesterday when the Sheriff’s Department released a statement. Evidently, Winkler had gone to a neighbor’s apartment in an effort to help three people being held at knifepoint at the time. Police who responded to the same situation shot Winkler after he emerged from the apartment with a victim:

“As deputies continued attempts to contact the people in the apartment, the apartment door suddenly opened and a male victim came rushing out. He was covered in blood and bleeding profusely from the neck. Simultaneously, Victim Winkler ran out of the door, lunging at the back of the fleeing victim. Both ran directly at the deputies. Winkler was similar to the description of the suspect and was wearing a black shirt. Believing Winkler was the assailant and the assault was ongoing and he would attack the entry team; three deputies fired their duty weapons at him.”

POSTED: Thursday, April 10, 2014, 11:50 AM

There once was a time when parents, following the birth of their child, could throw out a name like “Alex” or “Betsy” or “Tom” and be done with that part of the process. Now, though, it looks like more Americans are taking the time to figure out whether their sweet bundle of joy is more of a Daenerys or an Arya. Thanks, Game of Thrones.

Oddly enough, data from the Social Security Administration indicates that, in 2012, Americans birthed some 146 female babies and named them Khaleesi. But as fans of the show can tell you, though, Khaleesi is not actually a name—it is, in fact, the title given to Daenerys Targaryen following her marriage to Khal Drogo in season one. So, it’s basically the Dothraki equivalent of naming your daughter “Queen," but the easier spelling probably doesn't hurt too much, either.

Khaleesi actually was more popular in 2012 than more conventional names like Brandy (130 total) or Alex (128). The Khaleesi’s real name, Daenerys, sadly only counted 21 instances by the year’s end. 

POSTED: Monday, April 7, 2014, 2:21 PM
Filed Under: Celebrities & Gossip
Lady Gaga arriving at Roseland Ballroom for the 4th of her 7 show run Featuring: Lady Gaga Where: New York, New York, United States When: 02 Apr 2014 Credit: (C.Smith/ WENN.com)

LADY GAGA has threatened to reignite the controversy over her heavily-criticized performance at the South by Southwest festival by showing off a painting given to her by the 'vomit artist' who shared the stage. The pop superstar hit headlines by teaming up with performance artist Millie Brown, who threw up green and black liquid over the singer during her show at the event in Austin, Texas last month (Mar14).

Gaga was accused of glamorizing eating disorders by promoting vomit painting, and she has now revived the debate by publishing a photograph of an artwork given to her by Brown. The Poker Face star posted a snap of the vomit piece on her Littlemonsters.com website, adding in a caption, "Millie Brown made this for me, she said it was 'ARTPOP' and represented our artistic revolution. I'm so happy people are talking about art more. We must keep it alive." Gaga's vomit stunt previously came under fire from fellow singer Demi Lovato, who has battled eating disorders in the past, but the kooky star defended her decision to promote vomit painting by insisting the practise is "art in its purest form".

POSTED: Monday, April 7, 2014, 9:20 AM
Filed Under: Celebrities & Gossip
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 18: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at the Newseum September 18, 2013 in Washington, DC. Zuckerberg participated in an interview with James Bennet, editor in chief of the Atlantic, on "the knowledge economy", including Zuckerberg's involvement in the immigration debate. (Photo by Win McNamee (Getty Images)

In the coming years, one billion more people will gain access to the Internet, thanks to drones and satellites hovering in the stratosphere.

And soon, we'll be able to sit down with friends in foreign countries and immerse ourselves in experiences never previously thought possible, simply by slipping on a pair of virtual reality goggles.

These aren't just gaseous hypotheticals touted by Silicon Valley start-ups, but the efforts led by one company, whose mission is to make the world more open and connected. If one company actually pulled off all of these accomplishments, it might seem like people would fall in love with it - but once you know it's Facebook, you might feel differently. And you're not alone.

POSTED: Friday, April 4, 2014, 2:23 PM
(Screenshot via YouTube)

Before Jon Hamm was the beared, stoic megastar of TV's best drama, he was a recent college grad crashing on Paul Rudd's couch and being a general goober out in Los Angeles. Evidence of this supposed phase in Hamm's life is the stuff of lore. He was hanging out at comedy clubs and partying with would-be stars of today while waiting tables and trying to get his acting career off the ground.

Apparently, he was also striking out with The Ladies on lame dating shows, too, because someone has unearthed footage of Hamm offering a stranger a foot massage on The Big Date.

The episode has multiple ladies selecting from bachelors like Marc the stuntman, Marcus the bleach-blonde bungee-jumper with "spontaneous vibes," and the awkward, cheesing, floppy-haired version of whatever the hell Hamm was trying to be way back when. Put your Mad Men jones on hold for a second and shake your head in amazement as Hamm unsuccessfully tries to woo some women on The Big Date.



POSTED: Friday, April 4, 2014, 1:57 PM

Glenn Ford spent 30 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit. He said he wasn't present for the murder of Isadore Roseman back in 1983, but he was convicted anyway and served three decades on death row in Louisiana. Last month, Ford was finally released thanks to the efforts of prosecutors who petitioned the court for his exoneration.

Ford entered prison in 1984 when he was a 34-year-old man. He left the system with just a $20 debit card and four cents in his prison account. Luckily (I guess) for Ford, his friend John Thompson teamed up with Danielle Mickenburg of the Capital Post Conviction Project of Louisiana to create an Amazon wish list for him.

Of the 300 items they've listed, all but 16 have been purchased. Household items. Gift cards. Clothes. The type of material possessions a person accumulates during a lifetime on the outside.

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