Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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POSTED: Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 2:49 PM
Cards Against Harassment enables women to download and print little cards to hand to their street harassers, explaining while what they’re doing is not okay. (via YouTube)

Cards Against Harassment is Lindsey’s bold contribution to the catcalling conversation.

The idea behind the initiative, spurred by a catcall gone wrong, enables women to download and print little cards to hand to their street harassers, explaining while what they’re doing is not okay. Recently, Lindsey, who asked to only be referred to by her first name, began recording and posting her encounters with her harassers.

POSTED: Monday, July 21, 2014, 6:05 PM
Screenshot from YouTube.

In case you missed it, 'Jackass' star Steve-O was roaming around Philly over the weekend leading up to his appearance at Helium Comedy Club Saturday night. And his date to his event? Bam Margera's mom April.

From jumping in the fountain at Logan Square in nothing but his boxers to climbing various Philly landmarks which included the Rocky Statue and the Art Museum steps, Steve-O made sure he had a good time in the city of brotherly love.

Of course he made sure to stop at Love Park. 

POSTED: Saturday, July 19, 2014, 3:51 PM

This past Monday, pop culture court jester “Weird Al" Yankovic polkaed his way back into our hearts with the release of Mandatory Fun, his first album since 2011’s Alpocalypse. To celebrate, he’s been releasing a music video every day, the most recent being today’s anti-entitlement anthem, “First World Problems.”

Since July 15, Yankovic has treated us to lampooned versions of tracks from Iggy Azalea, Robin Thicke, Pharrell, Lorde, and Charlie XCX, and now it’s The Pixies’ turn. “First World Problems,” as a result, ends up being an alt-rock skewer of one of the 90s most enduring bands.

The video itself features Yankovic as a “douchey character,” as he told PopCrush. It is a new identity for Yankovic, with the musician having told video director Liam Lynch that he “didn’t want to be myself.” One blonde wig later, they had their video.

POSTED: Friday, July 18, 2014, 12:40 PM
Edward Snowden says he is not afraid of going to military prison. In an extensive video interview with the Guardian, Snowden said, "If I end up in chains in Guantanamo, I can live with that." (Image courtesy of NDN)

Beautiful people are not sitting pretty when it comes to their online privacy. Just when it seemed good-looking people had all the luck, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden dropped a bombshell during his seven-hour interview with The Guardian.

According to Snowden, NSA employees routinely share explicit text messages and nude photos as part of the US government’s surveillance efforts—especially if the subject of the photos is considered “extremely attractive.”

From The Guardian:

POSTED: Thursday, July 17, 2014, 12:34 PM
Claire Leeson spent $30,000 to look like Kim Kardashian.

Claire Leeson idolizes Kim Kardashian. So much so, that the 24 year old U.K. resident shelled out about $30,000 on surgery to look like the newly married reality TV star.

Credit cards, Leeson said, helped her pay for teeth whitening, breast enhancement, butt padding, hair extensions and even a Kim K. inspired wardrobe  (even though Kim’s own wardrobe is styled by her hubby, Kanye West). This transformation came as a response to bullying Leeson received as a child. She became obsessed with Kardashian after friends told her she resembled the star.

“I thought she was so beautiful and I really wanted to be like her,” Leeson said of Kardashian on ITV’s ‘This Morning.’

POSTED: Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 9:00 AM
The Comcast Center, which is Comcast Corporate headquarters, is seen December 3, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. According to reports January 18, 2011, The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved the merger between Comcast Corp. and NBC Universal Inc. (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)

Following yesterday’s frenzy of vitriolic tweets and viral blog posts over its botched customer retention call, Comcast has issued an official apology. As they say, the enraged phone rep’s behavior was “not consistent with how we train our customer service representatives.” Well, phew. 

The corporation issued a statement yesterday evening, with the communications department also saying that the unnamed rep has already been placed on administrative leave. As per Comcast’s official release: 

We are very embarrassed by the way our employee spoke with Mr. Block and Ms. Belmont and are contacting them to personally apologize. The way in which our representative communicated with them is unacceptable and not consistent with how we train our customer service representatives. We are investigating this situation and will take quick action. 

That, however, is not the end of Block’s nasty call with the Comcast rep. As the company said in their statement, they’ll be using the eight-minute recording in training to “reinforce how important it is to always treat our customers with the utmost respect.”

Check out the call again below. For posterity’s sake, of course:




POSTED: Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 11:56 AM

Parody is good business. At least it has been for Weird Al Yankovic who has enjoyed a remarkably long and successful career making fun of hit songs from Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” to Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face”. Props to “Amish Paradise”, a riotous rip on Coolio’s “Gangsta’s Paradise”. (Hey, Coolio stole it from Stevie Wonder in the first place.)

So what’s Weird Al up to now? “Tacky”, a spoof of Pharrell’s joyous, inescapable “Happy”.

Yes, it is a testament to all things of questionable taste, from the opening line (“It might seem crazy wearing stripes with plaid”) to the chorus (“Can’t nothing bring me shame”). It also features an eclectic group of guest stars, dressed in the most gaudy outfits you’ve ever seen.

POSTED: Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 10:19 AM
A Comcast customer sales representative berates a customer for attempting to cancel their service. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

There are few Comcast customer service calls that go well. But there are probably even fewer—we hope, anyway—that go this bad.

Comcast customer Ryan Block had recently called up Comcast’s customer service line to cancel his service, which is simple enough. Just not for the customer service rep Block reached on Comcast’s end.

We drop in at about 10 minutes into the call, according to Block's description, and Comcast’s rep is in full-breakdown mode. All of it, it seems, began with the question “Why is it that you don’t want faster speed? Help me understand why you don’t want faster internet.” 

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