In 1915, Harry Whittier Frees published a book called The Little Folks of Animal Land. In it, Frees dressed up kittens and puppies in a bunch of human scenarios and created comical scenes. Because people have generally always loved laughing at animals in people clothes — long before ICanHazCheeseburger figured it out. Click through for a bunch of cute photos of pups and kitties from ye olde times.
“When we made ["Girls"]t, we always knew that it was a show you should fight about. It was built to be a show that you’d have to defend or argue about — for some people, it would make them angry — and we go over that terrain for the course of the 10 episodes. So hopefully people will fight about it every week! There’s funny things to hate about it, because it is about people who are self-entitled and smart and screwing up their lives. It’s supposed to be about people who are a disaster and privileged, and every time you do something about people like that, people go, ‘Why are they like that?’ Well, because that’s the point of the show. The joke of it. People go, ‘Why are men immature in your movies?’ Well, because they are immature and it’s funny to see them try to figure it out.”
–”Girls” Executive Producer Judd Apatow on some the storm of criticism and commentary around the HBO comedy. Are you totally sick of hearing about this show yet? [NYMag.com]
There’s no midweek malaise that can’t be cured by a cute animal video. Without further ado, I present to you The Incredible Leaping Lamb. OMG, I’m dying. Does it have springs on its feet? Is it part kangaroo? How does it catch so much air? A kernel of joy just bloomed in my heart and my life makes sense again. I didn’t know you could keep lambs as pets. Crap, I might need one now. But it has to be one that leaps. I long to engage in this type of lamb play. [Buzzfeed]
Something most people don’t know about me: I grew up in an aerobics household. No, it wasn’t my mom who was into it, although, I occasionally joined her as she danced along to the “Jazzercise” video tape. It was my dad who was the aerobics star. He spent most of the ’80s as the only man at the gym who regularly attended aerobics classes. This is particularly comical considering my dad is a 6’3″ ex-college basketball player. But he loved aerobics and he used to take me to classes with him. He was a celebrity at the gym; all the teachers knew him by name. He even considered becoming a certified aerobics instructor at one point. Hence, my deep appreciation for aerobics. Now to my point: I just stumbled upon this video from the 1988 Crystal Light National Aerobics Championship hosted by Alan Thicke and it made me very, very happy . As a side note, I should mention that my dad never wore unitards or made those ridiculous faces. But these aerobics competitors really went there. The theatrics of it all! Amazing. [Buzzfeed]
Real talk: Both Ami and I are obsessive Tetris players. We both play Tetris on our iPhones on our travels to and from work. It’s my subway escape. I have mastered how to play while embarking and disembarking from the train and I can play virtually anywhere. Ami’s high score (she’s only been playing a couple of months) is 205,746. Mine is 568,600. I’ve played no less than, like, 13,000 games on my phone. Like, my phone might as well just be for Tetris and text messages. I, uh, might have a problem.
It occurred to me that Tetris might not just be a game of fitting shapes into other shapes originally invented by Russians (true story): It might also be a metaphor! For life! And love! And so Ami and I have come up with a list of 13 rules of Tetris that also apply to dating. Keep reading »
It’s really hard being pretty. That’s the sentiment held by the Rebecca Blacks of 2012, Double Take, who have made a simply horrific track called “Hot Problems.” Because “hot girls we have problems too, we’re just like you except we’re hot.” Clearly, two of their problems are 1) they can’t sing and 2) they will have no friends once their pals catch this video. [YouTube]