In their Rolling Stone cover story earlier this year, The Black Keys had some choice words for Nickelback: “Rock ‘n’ roll is dying because people became OK with Nickelback being the biggest band in the world. So they became OK with the idea that the biggest rock band in the world is always going to be shit.” Now in an interview with MTV News, the Keys are apologizing for their statements. Well, kinda. Actually, as bandmember Patrick Carney put it, “That was the worst apology.” Check out the clip to see why.
Barbie is recognizable for many reasons, not the least of which is her long blonde hair and warped 39-18-33 measurements, but photographer Sarah Haney has taken that impenetrable plastic smile and put an entirely different spin on it. The photo series presents the familiar doll in some frankly unfamiliar situations, like being apprehended by the police, stripping for money, and nursing a hangover. The black and white, grainy film-still quality of the images lends a haunting, overcast vibe that doesn’t spare Ken, either: he drinks alone at night, has affairs, and dresses in women’s clothing. It’s fascinating to see the childhood toy depicted in a way that makes her beatific smile seem all too eerie. See a few more after the jump and at the link. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »
Last night, TLC’s “My Crazy Obsession” took us inside Stanley’s world. It’s a world of diapers, baby powder, onsies, pacifiers and bottles. The 31-year-old is proud to to call himself an adult baby for the last 18 years. He gets satisfaction from acting like a toddler up to eight hours a day and says, “It’s not sexual.” Although there are people who do baby role playing in a sexual way, Stanley’s more into crib toys than sex toys. Sadly, he says this obsession stems from an abusive childhood, and the adult baby role play helps him feel the safety he didn’t feel as a child. Much like the urine drinker on “My Strange Addiction,” it felt vaguely exploitative to watch Stanley get burped and swaddled. I felt almost too uncomfortable to watch. I hope in addition to seeking an “adult baby mommy” that he’ll find the help he needs to feel safe and cared for in the world. Like, without giant diapers.
Guys, I don’t know about you, but when I think of Hanson, I think of the islands, naturally. So it makes sense that Hanson — you know, of the hit song “Mmm Bop” — would stage their 20th anniversary (!) celebration in Jamaica. For the low price of $2,999 (plus airfare) you get to spend five days with the band at the Breezes Resort in Negril, Jamaica. What you can expect from the Brothers Hanson, aside from epic amounts of rockin’ good times:
• Mix Jamaican drinks with Isaac
• Learn to cook Jamaican food with Taylor
• Enjoy a Tie-Dye Session with Zac
So, who’s signing up? [Hanson]
Well, this is highly suspicious. “The Hunger Games” has licensed some of its apparel rights to Toys “R” Us, which is now selling “Hunger Games” training tees. Now you can dress your kids like a “Hunger Games” tribute, which is to say, a child who is fighting other children to the death for the honor of their district. That sounds awfully … creepy. But anyway! Wouldn’t little Jaden and Jennifer look adorable dressed as skilled killers? Thought so! [Toy "R" Us]
There’s nothing like a crossword puzzle to make you feel ever-so-slightly inadequate. Why can’t you recall — seven words down — the instrument used to kill Leon Trotsky? Why don’t you know — five words across — the most famous opera by Jules Massenet? Go watch some more “Jersey Shore,” you fool … or pick up a new book of crossword puzzles, Word., designed for us younger folks and our pop cultural references. Brown University senior Natan Last is a three-time intern for famous puzzler Will Shortz and is the younger person ever to have a crossword published in The New York Times. Word. is is a collection of 144 puzzles on 21st century topics like “Mad Men,” ” South Park,” and hell even “The Powerpuff Girls” that mix high and low for some brain teasing fun. Consider this N-E-R-D all over it. [$8.58, Amazon]