A curious new fandom is sweeping the country. You may not have noticed, but once you know what to look for, they’re easy to spot. In every state in the nation, countless young people are getting together in groups to collect rubbish thrown from moving automobiles. Amassing collections is nothing new, but these collections fetishize refuse. It’s called Discardianism.
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Once upon a time people bought magazines even when they weren’t going to be on a plane. Most magazines took themselves very seriously, and in effect, most of them sucked. Recognizing an open niche, William Gaines set out to create a new kind of magazine — one that didn’t suck.
In honor of one of the greatest voices in satirical publishing, here are our 10 favorite spoof ads from Mad Magazine in the late 50s and early 60s.
Apple’s new Maps app for iOS6 has been a disastrous failure so far, with major metropolitan areas mislabeled, massive transit hubs uncharted, and entire hospitals gone missing. So imagine our relief when an Apple insider clued us in on how the incomplete Maps app will be appropriately retooled as a children’s memory puzzle in the near future. Check out the exclusive screenshot below the fold.
I’m dreaming of a white President
Just like the ones we’ve always had
Randy Newman plays the part of a bigot in his new song “I’m Dreaming.”
When you’re a young celebrity, you can get away with murder. Do all the drugs on the planet and it’ll only make you more popular with both the press and the fans alike. As long as you look glamorous doing it, you can be sure to inspire your vacuous 16-year-old wannabe socialite fans to gab loudly on the train to anyone in earshot about how they can’t do Adderall tonight because they’re doing angel dust instead.
But before you know it, you’ve managed to stay alive long enough to avoid joining The 27 Club and the whole “hot mess” thing has begun to lose its charm. So what’s a “responsible” adult celebrity to do? Endorse LEGAL, potentially fatal, mind-altering substances, of course! It’s time to grow up and become a celebrity booze endorser.
This track from Harry Shearer’s latest album “Can’t Take a Hint” highlights exactly that kind of absurdity for “old” people like me who are equally as annoyed by the “cool mystique” of alcohol ads as we are by the annoying kids on the train that feel the need to talk really loudly about what drugs they’re doing tonight as though people will be impressed or something.
- Party pooper out. Get off my lawn.
A lot has been said about the pussification of today’s generation of men and I think I’ve pin-pointed the beginning of the end. It all started in 1974, with this ad for Roman Brio aftershave.
Notice how the man in the ad admits that he’s willing to try playing backgammon. Granted, he knew well enough to distance himself from the limp-wristed backgammon by assuring the reader that he’s a poker player at heart. With its emphasis on reading body language, emotional cues, and other nonverbal communications, poker is truly an exercise in manliness. But tell your poker buddies you’re playing backgammon and they might think you’ve gone soft.
Last week, Portland resident Asher Josiah worked as a busker and part time reseller of heirloom pickled eggs. But now, the self-styled ukulele playing egg man may have a new job with the Department of Defense.
Weaponized sound may sound like something out of science fiction, but police and military units have been using the technology for years. Long Range Acoustic Devices (LRAD) recently made headlines when the NYPD deployed the non-lethal weapons on Occupy Wall Street protestors last fall. But while devices like LRAD use high frequencies to induce headaches and hearing loss, the legendary “brown note” serves a more embarrassing purpose.