Sunday, May 31

This ASL Version Of Lose Yourself Is Inspiring

Her name is Shelby Mitchusson. Her game is interpreting music via American Sign Language. In this video, she tackles "Lose Yourself" by Eminem, and it is wonderful. This is actually very good signing; facial expressions play a big part in the performance, and Shelby nails the emotion of Eminem's autobiographical number about his rise to fame. And now, thanks to the power of the internet, Shelby has gotten some fame of her own. Here's to many more of these videos educating people about sign language and the power of music.

Friday, May 29

Dwayne Johnson Sets Guinness World Record For Most Selfies Taken

Dwayne Johnson was referred to as the People's Champ during his "The Rock" days. And now he's the champ at selfies. He took 105 in three minutes with fans during a San Andreas premiere, which is apparently a record, according to Guinness. That only counted snaps where his entire face was in the frame, and the camera wasn't blurry. So strict, Guinness!

Bill Nye Explains The Science Of Fun

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Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest recently released its 2015 lineup, complete with a nice mix of bands and artists. Naturally, they hired Bill Nye the Science Guy to encourage people to go by explaining the science of fun. And it's wonderful. Way to go, Bill.

Thursday, May 28

Charles Barkley Plays Jenga, Ruins Tower

One of the benefits of working until the wee hours of the morning is that apparently basketball personalities will play Jenga during said wee hours. The tumbling blocks game is wildly popular amongst studio hosts, including Charles Barkley. Sir Charles didn't have great luck after Game 3 of the Hawks and Cavs series, though. Watch the chaos above.

Monday, May 25

The Internetest Safety Video On The Internet

I've rarely flown Delta Airlines (and it's been awhile), so I can't really comment on the quality of their flights. If they're anything like this video, though, I am hereby boycotting all Delta flights. They've released the "internetest safety video on the internet," which is really just a bunch of old or unfunny--and sometimes both--memes. This reeks of someone who finally opened up an old chain email that you've already deleted four times, then sending it along to you. Good luck trying to watch all of it.

Drunk Acting With Chris Pratt

GQ, my favorite way to take a picture, has a feature on Chris Pratt in their most recent issue. And as a little bonus for us video-watching types, he released a heavily-branded-with-Fireball-whiskey snippet of acting lessons. Said lessons are given to us while Pratt is drunk off said Fireball whiskey. In typical Chris Pratt fashion, it's fantastic. Well done.

Saturday, May 23

Mad Max Parody Trailer Features Mario Sound Effects

Mad Max: Fury Road is the latest box office craze. I've heard all sorts of reviews via Facebook timeline (really the only way to know if a movie is worth its weight in salt nowadays), ranging from "feminist crap" to "I liked it. I loved it. I want some more of it." The consensus is that I don't really want to see the movie in theaters, but hey, I've been to three movies in theaters in the past year and a half, and one of those was free! Actually, two were, because my parents paid for another one. But that's neither here nor there.

What IS here (and there), is this Mad Max parody trailer, which strategically inserts Mario Kart sound effects and graphics. It's cheesy and some of the effects are very well done. Unfortunately, I don't think they put enough in there. There were several points where I forgot I was watching a parody and thought I was just seeing the Mad Max trailer. And that's exactly the kind of thing I'd skip over while waiting for my YouTube video to load.

Thursday, May 21

David Letterman's Final Top 10 List

David Letterman had his final show Wednesday night, after 33 years behind the Late Show desk. One of the more popular segments he did was his Top Ten list, so to retire it in fashion, he brought out some of the best and favorite guests. Check out the list above, and for those of you who prefer reading your lists, here's the transcript (roughly translated) below. We'll miss you, Dave.

10. Alec Baldwin -- Thank you for having a show that is easily geographic to where I live.
9. Barbara Walters - Did you know you wear the same cologne as Gadaffi?
8. Steve Martin -- Your extensive plastic surgery was a necessity and a mistake.
7. Jerry Seinfeld -- I have no idea what I'll do when you go off the air. Actually I'll be fine.
6. Jim Carrey -- Honestly, Dave, I always found you to be a bit of an overactor. (Carrey then overacts by messing up his own hair.)
5. Chris Rock -- I'm just glad your show is being given to another white guy.
4. Julia Louis-Dreyfus -- Thank you for letting me be a part of another hugely disappointing series finale. (Seinfeld looks shocked and upset.)
3. Peyton Manning -- Dave, you are to comedy what I am to comedy.
2. Tina Fey -- Thanks for finally proving that men can be funny.
1. Bill Murray - Dave, I'll never have the money I owe you.

Wednesday, May 20

Want To Use A Selfie Stick On A Disney Ride? TOUGH LUCK

Selfie sticks are quite absurd, but hey, people love 'em. So much so, in fact, that both Disney World and Disneyland have had to post "No Selfie Stick" signs in front of some of their more popular rides. Thunder Mountain, for instance, has been stopped multiple times in the past couple of weeks because of issues with selfie sticks. That's a sentence I never thought I'd type. Though I always knew Mickey Mouse meant business.

Tuesday, May 19

Google Self-Driving Cars Are Coming To Public Roads This Summer

Look out--Google announced Friday that its self-driving car is hitting roads in Mountain View, CA this summer. That's right. Public roads will see a self-driving car. Of course, safety is still first; there are sensors to point out blind spots, and the capped speed for the first vehicles will be just 25 miles per hour. So don't be alarmed if you see a car with nobody driving. It's just Google. Or maybe we should be terrified.

Monday, May 18

Is This The Greatest Hit By Pitch Ever?

I often feel like I've seen everything there is to see in a baseball game, and then something like this happens, and I go, "you know what? That just simply isn't true."

Here's an MVP hit by pitch, or an MVPHBP for short. Arizona State outfielder Johnny Sewald got drilled by a ball from Washington State's Layne Bruner. And, well, he turned it into something incredible. Really worth watching for the full effect. In particular, Daron Sutton and Eric Byrnes, the announcers calling the game, go absolutely bonkers at what transpires. Enjoy.

Sunday, May 17

Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood" Has A Cameo From Basically Every Popular Singer Right Now

Taylor Swift unveiled her new video for "Bad Blood" at the Billboard Music Awards, and it features like 6,000 people in it. Swift plays Catastrophe, a superhero that gets double-crossed by her once partner Arsyn (played by Selena Gomez). The video, directed by Joseph Kahn, also includes cameos by Lena Dunham, Hailee Steinfeld, Cara Delevingne, Jessica Alba, Cindy Crawford, Ellen Pompeo and Mariska Hargitay, all as different superheroes/villains/crazy folk of their own design. If it sounds ridiculous, it's because it is.

I took a "Which Taylor Swift Song Are You?" quiz back in the day, with all the results being from her 1989 album. "Bad Blood" was my result. I had not heard it before today, and while Kendrick Lamar's verses are okay, I'm kind of disappointed I got it. But hey, the rest of the singles from this album took a while to grow on me, so maybe this one will, too. Fingers crossed.

U2 Guitarist "The Edge" Falls Off The Edge Of A Stage In Ultimate Display Of Irony

U2 is not a band I particularly enjoy, mostly because Bono seems way too full of himself. But also because their music isn't very good.

However, Dave "The Edge" Evans went through one of the worst nightmares for any musician: he fell off the stage while playing guitar. But no worries, U2 fans; The Edge was no worse for the wear, with just a couple of scrapes. Be safe out there, guitar players.

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Saturday, May 16

Norm McDonald Tells His Favorite David Letterman Joke

The Late Show With David Letterman is wrapping up--well, Dave being on the show is wrapping up, at least, with his final appearance coming this Wednesday. And to celebrate, some of the favorite guests of the show are stopping by one last time.

Norm McDonald, an underrated comedy mind, came on to tell his favorite David Letterman joke. In traditional Norm (and I guess Dave) fashion, the joke is subtle and will make you think a little bit. His message to Letterman after the show is very sweet, too. Enjoy.

Friday, May 15

Hilary Duff's New Music Video Is Basically A Giant Tinder Ad

Hilary Duff made a triumphant comeback to the music world with her song "Sparks," and it's...mostly just an ad for tinder. The singer/actress recently revealed she's on the dating site, so this isn't a huge surprise, but it's still kind of weird. What would Gordo think?!

Wednesday, May 13

McDonald's Unveils New Hamburglar, People Everywhere Groan

McDonald's released a pair of tweets today, debuting its new Hamburglar. People are predictably rumbling about the new mascot, but I don't think it's too terrible. If nothing else, he's embracing his suburban dad roots while trying to steal some patties.

However, the hashtag of #RobbleRobble is a little confusing. The Hamburglar may now be mistaken for an angry South Park mob. On second thought, that might be the greatest thing ever.

Tuesday, May 12

Marv Albert Asks Chris Webber About The Timeout David Blatt Tried To Call With None Remaining

Chris Webber is one of my favorite broadcasters on TNT. He clearly knows the game well, and does a good job of breaking down situations for the casual basketball fan. Unfortunately, one of the things he's best remembered for is calling a timeout when his team didn't have any during his Michigan days. That timeout cost his team a shot at the National Championship.

Cavs coach David Blatt almost "pulled a C-Webb" during Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semis between Cleveland and Chicago. He walked out onto the court signaling for a timeout at least four times, but fortunately for him, the officials didn't see that. During Game 5, Marv Albert asked Webber what he thought about the phantom timeout. It was clearly a pre-planned segment, but it was still some good humor amongst the two. Well done, TNT.

Monday, May 11

"Hey Joey" Satisfies My Love Of Terrible Jokes

There's no reason this video should be funny, but it absolutely is. The "protagonist" simply goes up to a guy named Joey, says "Hey Joey," and then dives into a corny joke. It's wonderful. And hey, I added a few to my repertoire, so a win all around. Well done.

Sunday, May 10

LeBron James Hits Game Winner At The Buzzer...Sigh

In what has to be one of the best worst games in recent memory, LeBron James delivered a dagger to the collective hearts of Bulls fans like myself. He hit the game winner of Jimmy Butler to give the Cavs an 86-84 win and even the series up at 2 with things going back to Cleveland. This game featured multiple scoring droughts by each team, a lot of turnovers (including three offensive fouls on LeBron James) and an absurd amount of missed layups. But it certainly didn't lack in drama. Can't wait for Game 5.

Saturday, May 9

Contest: Are You Smarter Than A Sexpert?

Adam & Eve, America's most trusted source for adult products, has partnered with Launchfire to produce Taboo Trivia, a game that will put your knowledge of all things sex and lifestyle to the test.

Winners will receive up to $2,000 worth of Adam & Eve products. That includes the popular Thruster Vibe and the new Rabbit Couples Ring. Adam & Eve were nice enough to give me a few items to sample, and I was nice enough to give a few of said items to my friends to review. There's definitely a wide variety, and plenty of thumbs up all around for the products. So if you enjoy winning and products that'll help spice things up in the bedroom (or bathroom, or kitchen, or wherever), hop on this contest soon. It only lasts until May 11, so get your trivia on ASAP!

Derrick Rose Banks In Game-Winning Three-Pointer

Man, I love this Bulls team. Thanks to a Derrick Rose buzzer beater (and some terrific Jimmy Butler defense on LeBron James), Chicago now has a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference Semis, and once again--the first instance was the Clippers/Spurs last round--we're seeing the best series in the conference  happen before the Conference Finals. Of course. Anyway, enjoy. The bank is open!

Thursday, May 7

Ernie Johnson Wins Sports Emmy, Gives It To Stuart Scott's Daughters

When Stuart Scott passed away earlier this year from cancer, we lost a broadcasting legend. Fortunately, we've still got one in Ernie Johnson, who's had his own battles with cancer, among other struggles. But he has a tremendous amount of class, and it was on full display during the Sports Emmy Awards.

Johnson, who was nominated alongside Scott, Keith Olbermann, Bob Costas, Rich Eisen and Matt Vasgersian, won his third career Emmy for Outstanding Studio Host. But during his speech, he said there's only one place the award belongs: Stuart Scott's home. He called up Scott's daughters, Taelor and Sydni, and presented the award to them. Just a truly touching gesture by one of the best guys in sports.

Wednesday, May 6

Woman In Wheelchair Wins Least Appropriate Gift On The Price Is Right

What do you think a woman in a wheelchair needs more than anything? If you guessed a sauna and a treadmill, well, you have the same mindset as the crew on The Price Is Right. Comedian Danielle Perez, who's been in a wheelchair since 2004, won the pair of prizes playing the game One Right Price.

Gotta hand it to her, she seemed genuinely happy. And she tweeted afterwards and showed off a little bit of that humor.

Tuesday, May 5

Steph Curry's Top 10 Plays Of The Season

Stephen Curry is a freakishly good shooter, but this season he showed he's much more than that. Dropping dimes, leading comebacks, and basically just being amazing, Curry helped Golden State to a league-best 67-15 record. For his accomplishments, he won his first MVP award, the first time a Warrior has won it in 55 years. Way to go, Steph. Here's a look at his top 10 moments from the 2014-2015 season.

Monday, May 4

Throwing Things Into Things

Here's a video so impressive, I don't even mind that the guy is holding his phone vertically in every single shot. It's just him throwing objects behind him into other objects, and it is spectacular. Enjoy.

Sunday, May 3

89-Year-Old Scores Touchdown In Kansas Spring Game

It's been a hot minute (more like nearly 70 years) since Brian Sperry played on a collegiate football field. But the 89-year-old still has moves like Barry Sanders out on the field. Sperry zipped through the defense during the Kansas alumni game, scoring the winning touchdown. The look on his face while doing it was absolutely priceless. Way to go, Jayhawks.

Saturday, May 2

Chicago News Anchors Flawlessly Impersonate Jets Fans

The NFL Draft was in Chicago this year, a change of pace from its normal New York digs. And Chicago's WGN team, led by sports anchor Pat Tomasulo, had some fun with the local crew, doing their best impersonation of Jets fans. And I must say, this is quite the accurate impression. Well done, WGN.

Friday, May 1

Samantha Bee Makes Final Appearance On The Daily Show

The longest-serving correspondent on The Daily Show is finally bidding adieu. Samantha Bee, who joined the show in 2003, got a sendoff with a montage of her best work over the past dozen years. Said montage is pretty fantastic.

She's headed to TBS to start a new comedy show with her husband Jason Jones, who was also a veteran of The Daily Show. Best of luck, Sam!