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Social Media Olympic Things

Let’s start with this utterly adorably, endearing ukulele cover of Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies,” by Aussie diver Matthew Mitcham. I die.

Then, an early to appear Tumblr for the London 2012 Games: Abs. Just abs. Of Olympic caliber.

McKalya Maroney’s scowl has also made its claim to fame in “McKayla is NOT Impressed”.

Fair enough.

Also from gymnastics, we have Danell Leyva’s towel’s Twitter. 

It is a lovely towel, and apparently it does not smell all ranky. He washes it.

So you know, it’s all happening.

All the time.

Happy Olympics.

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Seth Meyers Addresses Dressage, Mitty, & the Perks of Being an NBC Employee

In a refreshing break from having to actually listen to any of the NBC commentators (aside from Bob and Mary, who are—obviously—delightful), Seth Meyers stopped by the studio this afternoon for a little post Dressage commentary, among other hilarious things.

Meyers declared, “I have Olympic fever and I think in the daze of Olympic fever, I  somehow got Shanghaied into being here [in the studio],” for his usual fee of a turkey sandwich. Apparently the catering at the NBC London studio is not great, because the actual anchor clarified, “a dry turkey sandwich.”

Of course, given the state of affairs at NBC, it might be considered pretty generous that they can offer an appearance fee to one of their own. When asked about how he came to be in London, Meyers said, “Well look, we’ve worked for NBC for a long time and at some point you have to say, like, I’d like to go to the Olympics.” And apparently as long as you’re willing to stop by on your way to a beach volley ball match, NBC will make that happen for you.

I want to work at NBC.

Meyers on Women’s Gymnastics & Becoming an Expert

“It’s so exciting… If you spend two hours at women’s gymnastics live you feel like a full expert… You’re like, ‘Oh that’s a double Arabian, that’s no small thing… That’s an execution deduction!'”

I feel you Seth. I, too, am a gymnastics expert based on three years of childhood participation and a couple of evenings of wondering if there are any teams other than the Americans, Russians and Chinese.

Meyers on the Badminton Scandal

First of all, you have to excuse the coaches and players, because they probably were not aware that anyone would be watching, as they are playing badminton, ““They did not realize that you guys [at NBC] have a million hours of coverage.”

Fair?

“You just realize, like as a coach ,if you’re ever going to ask your players to throw a game, you have to practice throwing a game.” This made the entire studio laugh. Including the people who are being paid to be quiet behind the scenes.

Meyers on Dressage and How Rich Mitt Romney Is

“Mitt couldn’t be distancing himself enough from this horse… When you say [during the Brian Williams interview]: ‘I don’t quite know what my wife’s horse is doing in the Olympics,’ that is the longest way to say ‘You have no idea how rich I am.’”

“You should be able to embrace the fact that your wife’s horse is in the Olympics, and people shouldn’t be able to use it against you, like I just did—but I hold myself to a different lower standard.”

Meyers on Appropriate Patriotism & Team USA Support

“I’m rooting for Rafalca [the Romney horse]… Well look, we’re Americans and we have to root for all our American athletes—even horses with super foreign names.”

Yup.

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Dubya Tries to Get His Dog on a Plane

Last week I was helping my mom study up for her annual trivia outing. Mostly we covered the usual basics: Golden Globe winners, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, Time’s top five people of the year, Nobel Peace Prize winners—all the categories that are apparently featured every year. And then I had a stroke of genius: It’s an election year, how about some political trivia? So we looked up the past five GOP and Democratic convention locations, which states have Republican caucuses instead of primaries, twentieth century First Ladies and Vice Presidents, etc. Finally, I decided to look up presidential pets, which—btw—is pretty hilarious and there’s a museum.

In the course of my searching, I found these amazing pictures of President Bush the Latter with canine companion Barney, which probably speak to every dog owner ever, and literally made me laugh out loud. The last time I took my dog on a trip, she vomited orange all over the back seat of my car. I will never fly with her.

Put. Me. Down.

I am NOT getting on that aircraft. You can't make me. Salutes cannot make me.

I'm sorry you are all still saluting me, but there is no way I am getting in this contraption. For all I know, this is just a scheming ploy to take me to the vet, and I am NOT going.

Well this is embarrassing. I am going to pee in the Oval Office later.

Oh sweet terra firma—Get OUT of my way, Spot!

I'm SO out of here. Let go of that leash, or I will trip someone on camera.

This is one is just cute. Spot probably liked to fly.

 

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Gawker Weekend Auditions: Bobby Finger

I came upon this whilst idly scanning Gawker over the weekend, which lead me to this—which I find kind of hilarious.

The second “this” is defined as “Hate Actually”, a holiday post from The Hairpin, by said Bobby Finger.

“Hate Actually” assesses each of the Love Actually love story plot lines, broken down into “hate actually” and “love actually” bulleted points. It’s pretty entertaining. It probably will not make your entire day, and it is certainly well past the holiday season (although, true story, I am still rounding up the odd holiday decoration about the abode), but it made me giggle. I do love actually bulleted points.

Consider this bit:

Sarah (Laura Linney) and Karl (Rodrigo Santoro)

Why I hate actually it:

  • Yeah. Karl is single.
  • All the pressure for initiating the relationship is placed on Sarah, despite the fact that Karl seems to return the interest.
  • Yeah. Karl is single.
  • Sarah’s brother’s illness is too vaguely presented for me to fully comprehend her compulsive phone answering. Couldn’t you have pressed ignore while Karl was in your bedroom?
  • Yeah. Karl is single.

Why I love actually it:

  • Laura Linney deserves so much happiness! Haven’t you seen You Can Count on Me?
  • Karl’s glasses!
  • When Alan Rickman is like, “YOU NEED TO DATE HIM,” basically because he’s such a great and supportive boss even though he cheated on Emma Thompson!
  • Their first dance!
  • When she laughs and jumps after their first kiss! 🙂
  • She’s a really good sister.”

Knock yourself out reading the rest. Again, that’s here (#gratuitousrepeatedlinkingtosomethingthatisnotevenmine).

 

More on cocktails coming soon. I tried the Mississippi Mule and Mr. Manhattan.

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Retronaut: Mr. Popper’s Penguins on the Loose? In Real Life? Maybe?

This week I am obsessed with Retronaut.co.

This is one of the reasons for my obsession, featured on one of their Historic WTF posts.

Also in love with Famous People Hanging Out posts.

And there’s just so much more. For example: Tips For Single Women (1938). “The last straw is to pass out from too much liquor.”

Yup.

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The New Yorker Ponders Cave Painting

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A little archaeology/ anthropology humor for your Monday.

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Happy Halloween at the Forman House: Raisins Are Nature’s Candy

Guess what nature’s hand grenades are?

Happy Halloween. The magical moment in this clip from That 70s Show is at 3:50. It lasts 30 seconds, but I just love it.

Also, whilst I was searching for a video of the moment I discovered this…

Magical.

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