Well, I think we all saw this coming from a mile away, but it doesn’t make it any less annoying: Stephanie Smith, the New York Post reporter who went on a quest to make her boyfriend 300 sandwiches in exchange for an engagement ring, has gotten a book deal. The book will be published by Zink Inc, a new Random House imprint run by Men’s Health editor in chief David Zinczenko, who said, “ When [Stephanie] told us about her romantic, passionate, and very funny quest to make her boyfriend 300 sandwiches, our first reaction was, ‘That’s a book.’” No shit, Dave. Why do you think Stephanie came up with the idea in the first place? For a ring, sure, and the internet was quick to roll its eyes in response, but we live in an age where the quickest route to a book deal is to have some sort of ridiculous gimmick. Smith’s “300 Sandwiches” blog is actually just low-hanging fruit … coming to bookstores near you on Valentine’s Day 2015, natch. [NY Post]
Ask the average subway-riding woman what her number one public transportation pet peeve is and chances are good she’ll say, “Men taking up too much room because they seem to think they’ve got watermelons for testicles” or something to that effect. Yes, men who sit with their legs spread wide like they’re holding a yoga ball between their knees are everywhere. Including Westeros! I was clicking around a new Tumblr blog called Men Taking Up Too Much Space On The Train and stumbled upon this familiar face — it’s Robb Stark from “Game of Thrones”! Just look at actor Richard Madden sitting on the London tube like its the Iron Throne, his mighty manhood requiring so much excess room that the person to his left is seemingly forced to sit on the edge of his seat. Please. Everyone knows it’s little sister Arya who has the biggest balls in the Stark family. [Men Taking Up Too Much Space On The Train]
You’re probably looking for something to do while eating lunch at your desk that will both provide the much-needed 10-minute stress relief from your day and make it appear that you’re still working. Look no further than Hot-Dog Legs, a Tumblr that posts pictures of wieners that look like pairs of legs and visa-versa, and asks “Are they hot dogs or legs??” Believe it or not, some of them are really hard to tell apart, especially without sauerkraut or buns. The best part is that the answer is never revealed, so you can play every day this week or for the rest of your life. After the jump, a few pairs of wieners-or-legs that stumped me. Knees are so ambiguous. [Hot-Dog Legs] Keep reading »
Beyond the glossy magazines lies a vast blogosphere dedicated to helping men dress better. And like most areas of cyberspace, much of it is a mishmash of uninspiring dribble inserted into a sea of second-rate snapshots. But it’s not all bad news. A new crop of trend spotters is rising from the internet’s ashes to challenge well-established blog brands like The Sartorialist and A Continuous Lean (which, if you haven’t heard of them, are most definitely worth checking out). These are the up-and-comers that are worth a couple of clicks. Read more at Ask Men…
I firmly believe that the glut of home how-to and design blogs exist solely to make me feel bad about myself (and my narcissism). They make me jealous. My apartment will never contain a cheekily reupholstered couch (the cat will just ruin it), or a darling set of succulent plants (I kill everything), or a well-appointed and tasteful set of throw cushions (again, the cat).
It’s irksome, but I deal in my own way, which is to throw side eye at anyone who tells me about how they decoupaged a set of dinner plates. The guy/gal behind the Tumblr “Fuck Your Noguchi Coffee Table” has their own method of dealing. And that’s giving all the “fuck yous” to these preciously curated homes. Fuck your hat branch, indeed! [Fuck Your Noguchi Coffee Table]
Have you seen Google Glass yet? It’s the impossibly expensive ($1,500) new toy Google recently unleashed. What it is: An attachment one affixes to your eyeglasses that allows you to snap photos and record video with the blink of an eye. A sort of creepy, futuristic “Jetsons”-type gadget, Google Glass is basically like affixing a computer to your head. You can watch videos, record videos, take photos and browse the web, via the glass.
Consequently, nerdy guys love it. And because it’s currently only available on a limited basis, and just to the very connected, nerdy white Silicon Valley guys have been caught wearing their Google Glasses out on the town — and they look pretty funny. And thankfully, White Men Wearing Google Glass, a Tumblr devoted to chronicling the travels and travails of white guys with Google Glass affixed to their glasses, captures it all. Keep reading »
If you’re a Facebook sort of person, you might be familiar with the page I Fucking Love Science and its PG-13 counterpart Science is Awesome, both run by the same person. Or you might be familiar with the pages, but not the person. I say that because apparently many of those who like the page and follow its posts had no idea of the identity of Elise Andrew, an English blogger by way of Canada. Which, in and of itself is no bad thing. Though Andrew hasdone interviews before and mentions her gender in the page’s About, IFLS and SiA are both written in a general style without out much personal interjection from her, and certainly everybody has a right to release only so much info as they want to on the internet.
What’s notable, or perhaps depressingly mundane, about the reaction to a recent post in which Andrew plugged her Twitter feed, the avatar of which is a picture of her face, is the number of people who A) were excited to share their shock that a science blog was run by a woman or B) figured this was license to share their opinion on her relative attractiveness. Read more…
Some twisted soul up in Maine has gone and done it now: She’s created the L.L. Bean Boyfriend blog, full of men in cozy sweaters and hiking boots professing their love for you. As the Tumblr notes, “He will build you a table and then have sex with you on it.” Sorry, but these guys are giving me major creep vibes — they’re a little too Bon Iver Erotic Stories for my taste. But hey, if you want a guy who will take you for foraging walks in the woods and build you theremins and whatnot, then go for it. I’ll just be washing the douche vibes off me in the corner. [Your LL Bean Boyfriend]
Are you a Belieber with some basic HTML skills? Well, then you should join the millions of teen girls (along with a few creepy guys) and start your very own Justin Bieber fan blog! You’ll be able to keep your friends, family and the authorities posted on your unhealthy obsession with the young celebrity! Here are the five dumbest Justin Bieber fan blogs. Read more…