Pearl the pig, the adorable local celebrity of China’s Tiananmen Square, is missing! Pearl became an internet sensation when she caught the eye of photographer Zeng Zhi on her daily walk around the square last week. His photos of Pearl went viral, but that fame has come with a price – Pearl disappeared and is nowhere to be found. Has she been pig-napped? Keep reading »
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Postmodern Jukebox, a group of musicians led by Scott Bradlee, have reinvented Avicii and Aloe Blacc’s hit “Wake Me Up,” teaming up with Mariachi Fiesta del Norte to bring you this Mariachi-style twist on the popular song. Check out their YouTube channel for all their innovative covers of songs in every musical style you can imagine. [Huffington Post]
Say hello to Oscar the llama, who has learned how to adorably fetch a sock like a puppy. Who knew llamas could skip like that? Who knew llamas could play fetch? And unlike a golden retriever, you can actually use your adorable llama’s fur for yarn. Or, you know, Internet fame. [Daily Picks & Flicks]
I am still not over the breakup of the White Stripes, so any little scrap I can get of their hits is a big deal to me. Here’s a touch of folk to brighten up your day: the lovely Showtime concert film “Another Day, Another Time.“ The concert was recorded this fall in New York City and brought together performers from the Coen brothers’ new film “Inside Llewyn Davis.” It will air on December 13 on Showtime and includes Marcus Mumford, Joan Baez, Gillian Welch, and Patti Smith. In the meantime, check out this clip of Jack White performing a folk version of his former band’s song “We’re Going to Be Friends.” [NYMag.com]
Just when you thought advertising was nothing but a barren soul-sucking trap (I mean, that’s mostly what it is, right?), a company actually bothered to put a little creativity into their commercial. This Volvo ad stars action hero Jean-Claude Van Damme doing one his famous splits while balancing between two trucks and was shot at sunrise in Spain, all in one take! That’s freakin’ cool. Maybe it’s a little weird to get emotional over a car commercial, but this is just too impressive. Also, it’s set to an Enya song. Because of course it is. [A Cup of Jo]
Lily, a baby elephant at the Oregon Zoo, has turned one year old. To celebrate, the zoo released this heart-melting video of the best moments of her first year. Watch Lily’s smiley face as she meets her dad for the first time, takes baths, and makes friends with the zookeepers. [Salon]
In Case You Were Wondering, Kim Zolciak Is Back To A Size 4 After Giving Birth To Twins, Like, 10 Seconds Ago
Kim Zolciak had twins on November 25, and in what is apparently much bigger news, she is now back to a size 4 again. At least, according to the Twitterverse. She and her 16-year-old daughter Brielle have been retweeting one another’s selfies and cutesy quips about how on earth Kim’s “belly is almost gone” just nine days after giving birth. When Brielle asked the internet how her mom could have possibly lost so much weight so fast, Kim told her it was from chasing after Brielle and her siblings. Kim’s twins, Kaia Rose and Kane Ren, are welcomed by her four other children. According to Kim, the babies are “doing awesome.” I don’t know whether to be annoyed about the worldwide obsession with “post-baby bodies” or just totally impressed and awed by her supergenes. [Huffington Post]
So, once upon a time, a boy from New Zealand got lost in Hong Kong on New Year’s Eve and met a girl from America: ”I was just walking around and admiring the lights and found this girl just crying on the side of the road … I went and tried to help her out. She was lost. She’d lost all her friends.”
After the boy cheered her up with his “undeniably bad sense of humor,” he took her out for drinks, and she eventually found her friends again. At 6 a.m., the party ended and she left.
However, before she took off, she dropped a romantic comedy-style bomb on the dude. Leaving the boy with her name, her hometown (Washington, D.C.), and her picture, she challenged him to “find her.” And off she went. Keep reading »
In case your underwear wasn’t imposing enough already, Microsoft is now working on a “smart bra” that can monitor your heart and skin to prevent overeating. Prototypes of the bras are embedded with sensors that seek out changes in the body’s stress levels and inform the bra’s wearer (How does it inform them exactly? Flashing lights? A robot voice telling them to put that donut down?). Since high stress can trigger emotional eating, its goal is to get women to stop and think before chowing.
According to a paper explaining the results of a project in which four women wore the prototype bras, the stress-level warnings “served as a health intervention to encourage the person to be more active or consume less food.” Slightly creepy, but okay. Keep reading »