With bloodshot eyes and mangy fur, this squirrel is closer to something out of my nightmares than a Disney movie.
Part of a tough campaign against alcoholism, the inebriated squirrel in the clip above is meant to warn Russians about the dangers of drinking, the Huffington Post reports.
In the ad the “demon squirrel” suffers from the shakes and offers to kill his neighbor’s wife because she is “the devil,” according to the Telegraph.
The viral video, with over a million views, comes as a response to President Dmitry Medvedev’s description of alcoholism within Russia as “a national disaster.”
The Telegraph also reports that the selection of a squirrel to head the new campaign is no coincidence. A belochka (little squirrel) is slang in Russian for the level of inebriation that comes with the shakes and hallucination.
The squirrel, after a rambling, confused monologue, asks its audience: “Are you a boozer?”
“Then I am coming around to your place.”
No word yet on if the creepy squirrel has managed to scare the love of vodka out of any Russians.
The Maccabeats, an a cappella group at New York’s Yeshiva University, are out with “Candlelight,” a parody of the current Taio Cruz hit “Dynamite” that explains (sort of) the Hanukkah story, complete with a ludicrous battle scene out of “Revenge of the Nerds.”
The war went on and on and on
Until the mighty Greeks were gone
Having grown up half-Jewish, half-Christian and totally confused, I was always struck in December by how much better the Christmas songs were than that lame one about the dreidel. First, Adam Sandler, now this…at least it’s getting a little closer.
OK, people. I think we’re taking comfort a bit too far here.
First it was the Snuggie, essentially a blanket with sleeves. Lazy? You bet. But not quite as bad as adult-sized onesie pajamas.
Enter Forever Lazy, a company that makes exactly that. The “full-body lazy wear” is quickly becoming one of the most-talked-about items of the holiday season, partly because singer Fergie is apparently getting one for everyone on her shopping list.
Forever Lazy has a TV commercial (just like the Snuggie) that features oh-so-comfortable customers wearing the product at a sporting event (before-game tailgating included), sleeping in front of the TV and reading in easy chairs. “Hands and feet free,” the on-screen text says. The commercial points out that the garment has zippers that allow easy access during trips to the bathroom.
This is a slippery slope, comfort lovers. And if it doesn’t stop here, these could be the top-sellers for Christmas 2011.
NASA researchers announced today they’ve discovered a totally different type of life form that some go so far as to call “alien.” No, not on Mars, but in California’s Mono Lake.
According to NASA, the discovery of a bacteria made of arsenic, totally throws a wrench into how we think about life on earth and perhaps the universe. I’ll take their word for it.
“The definition of life has just expanded,” said Ed Weiler, NASA’s associate administrator for the Science Mission Directorate at the agency’s Headquarters in Washington. “As we pursue our efforts to seek signs of life in the solar system, we have to think more broadly, more diversely and consider life as we do not know it.”
“The idea of alternative biochemistries for life is common in science fiction,” said Carl Pilcher, director of the NASA Astrobiology Institute at the agency’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif. “Until now a life form using arsenic as a building block was only theoretical, but now we know such life exists in Mono Lake.” (Read more)
You’ve probably heard the 1969 Rolling Stones song “Gimme Shelter” a million times, right? It’s a staple of classic rock radio and considered one of the band’s best tunes.
Well, you haven’t really heard “Gimme Shelter” until you’ve heard it in pieces.
The site Dangerous Minds has found the various recorded tracks as YouTube videos and compiled them. There are five on the page, but you’ll want to start with the astonishing vocals by Mick Jagger and backup singer Merry Clayton.
Clayton, whose singing was impressive enough in the fully assembled version of the song, is staggering here.
The site also has individual tracks recorded by guitarist Keith Richards, bassist Bill Wyman and drummer Charlie Watts. There are two separate guitar tracks by Richards, including one that includes pianist Nicky Hopkins.
Abkco, which holds the copyright on the song, has been petitioning YouTube to remove the tracks, but it’s a game of whack-a-mole. Dangerous Minds has posted other copies as existing ones are removed.
If you’re a Stones fan or a musician, you owe it to yourself to spend some time listening to these tracks. You’ll never hear “Gimme Shelter” the same way again.
I’ve said it before, but I have no tolerance for those silly Facebook games. I don’t care about the color of your bra or where you like to place your handbag, even if it’s raising attention for a good cause. The practice just comes across as people looking to draw attention to themselves, because of the subtlety. Now there’s another one of these goofy games going on.
It looks like it’s another attempt to raise peoples’ awareness of breast cancer where women on Facebook are tipping to their love relationships. In other words, tag the status of your relationship with a drink.
Example: Writing “tequila” means you are a single woman, while whiskey means you are a single woman with friends that won’t stop partying.
Here is the rest of the list:
Rum:I’m a touch and go woman
Champagne: I’m an engaged woman
Red Bull: I’m a woman in a relationship
Beer: I’m a married woman
Vodka: I’m the “other one”
Sprite: I’m a woman that can’t find the right man
Liquor: I’m a woman that wishes she was single.
Gin: I’m a woman that wants to get married
Just a few weeks ago, California Academy of Sciences shark attack expert John McCosker was talking to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Peter Fimrite about ferocious sea predators.
Q: Why are great whites so misunderstood? Do you think they will ever be loved and valued as much as, say, the sea otter?
A: White sharks are becoming better understood, and with that knowledge and awareness, many states and countries are protecting the species. They certainly aren’t lovable as are sea otters, but the services that they provide to near shore ecosystems makes their protection imperative.
Well, Mr. McCosker, apparently the otters are sick and tired of being characterized as aquatic teddy bears.
A woman reacts to a TSA agent while having her body scanned during the busiest travel weekend of the year at Denver International Airport, Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010. (AP Photo/Barry Gutierrez)
There’s no doubt the TSA pat-downs are controversial. Detractors claim the touching is a violation of privacy and can, in some cases, border on sexual assault, while proponents say the pat downs are necessary to keep travelers safe(r).
While I am all for the searches — and/or the body scans — this story out of Europe is a bit much. A female passenger is accusing the TSA agents of assaulting her after she was ordered to be patted down because her reusable sanitary napkin showed up on the body scanner.
The woman — an Army vet — was, as one may expect, “humiliated” by her experience. She was further upset by the fact that the pat down brought back memories of a sexual assault.
She e-mailed GladRags, the makers of her flannel feminine product, to share her story and talked about how the TSA agent lingered in her groin area while fellow passengers, and a TSA agent-in-training looked on.
In the end, it seems the woman made it through security and was able to board the plane, but there is no guarantee this won’t happen again to other women. According to the story, sanitary supplies can be picked up by scanners and do register as unusual.