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A Shakespeare-To-GIF Translator Is Coming To The Interwebs And I Can’t Contain Myself

A Shakespeare-To-GIF Translator Is Coming To The Interwebs And I Can't Contain Myself

Two graduate students at the MIT Media Lab have created a research site that quantifies the emotional content of GIFs, and they hope that one day soon it will enable them to translate Shakespeare into GIF-speak. Travis Rich and Kevin Hu launched GIFGIF on March 3, and it’s a whole lot of fun. It’s so much fun, in fact, that it’s attracted an average 15,000 users per day so far, who are each asked upon visiting the homepage to choose which of two GIFs better expresses a certain emotion. Keep reading »

If Facebook Had Existed In Shakespeare’s Time

Can you imagine the fighting that would have erupted on their walls as family members tossed insults around? “Unhand my daughter, Romeo, or I shall report thee to Mark Zuckerberg and cast a pox upon thine profile!” Ha. [Random Factory]

Quickies: Prince Harry Is “100 Percent Single” & Did Shakespeare Smoke Pot?

  • Prince Harry settles once and for all that he is not, repeat, not, boning Pippa Middleton. Or Chelsy Davy. In fact, he’s “100 percent single.” [Celebitchy]
  • Wannabe presidential candidate Michele Bachmann needs to get her serial killers and her film stars straight. [BuzzFeed]
  • Charlie Sheen’s remaining goddess, Natalie Kenly, has moved out of Sober Valley Lodge and had to return the Mercedes he bought her. Life can be so rough. [ONTD]
  • “Toddlers & Tiaras” bingo is so wrong, but so right. [Crushable]

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What If Romeo And Juliet Were On Facebook?

In case you’ve never really understood Shakespearian verse, you can revisit the classic story of Romeo and Juliet as told through Facebook. All it takes are some friend requests, relationship status updates, events, and groups to tell this tragic tale in full. Trace the whole drama of the Montagues and Capulets from Romeo ending his relationship with Rosaline (she comments “I effin h8 u”), to Tybalt and Mercutio’s event entitled “Duel,” and finally to the creation of the groups “RIP Romeo” and “RIP Juliet.” This is better than CliffsNotes. See the full image after the jump. [BuzzFeed] Keep reading »

Anna Hathaway Proves Why “Romeo & Juliet” Isn’t The Sexiest Shakespeare Play

This summer, Anna Hathaway takes the stage in New York City as Viola in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. You might have thought that if the Hollywood A-lister was to play a Shakespeare role, it would be one that relies on her beauty, like a Juliet. Yet, Hathaway proves that feminine charm can have nothing to do with being sexy—her character, when washed ashore in a shipwreck, disguises herself as a page named Cesario with whom another woman, Olivia, falls in love. Anne told New York magazine that she was stoked on cross-dressing: “I was feeling like I could do more to get into my character,” she explains. “So I decided, What if I walked around New York trying to pass for a boy? What if I had to make people look twice to figure out what I was?” [NY Mag]

Here at The Frisky, we’re all about the boy style lately, so we’re intrigued by the appeal of the gender-bending world Anne will inhabit this season. After the jump, some of our favorite cross-dressing characters and moments in history! Keep reading »

Britney Spears, Like, Totes Inspired By Shakespeare And James Joyce

Slate has uncovered shocking evidence that Britney Spears’ songwriting abilities are maybe, just a tad, unoriginal. Her most recent single, “If U Seek Amy,” is a play on words that, when said quickly, spell out, um, something dirty. Best of all, the way in which the phrase is used in the song, doesn’t really make sense. “All the boys and all the girls are begging to if u seek Amy.” However, previous uses of naughty wordplay like this are everywhere and no doubt inspired Brit. “If You See Kay,” apparently, has been a song put out by a bunch of artists, including one who admitted that he got the reference from James Joyce, who wrote in Ulysses:

If you see kay
Tell him he may
See you in tea
Tell him from me.

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