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Meet The World’s Ugliest Dog

In: Donovan, Random Reads

Based on the picture above, I wouldn’t exactly call Walle the ugliest dog I’ve ever seen. In fact, I actually think he’s kind of cute. Somehow though, the four-year-old mutt beat out 29 other entrants for the 25th anniversary of the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma Friday, June 21.

Judge Brian Sobel says of Walle, “This dog looked like he’s been photoshopped from pieces from various dogs and maybe a few other animals.” Walle is a mix of basset, beagle and boxer. Also factoring in his win were his huge head, short thick stature, hump back and duck waddle.

Walle and his owner Tammie Barbie, who just got him three months ago, earned $1500 for his “ugliness.” The two will now go on a media tour which includes appearances on The Today Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live on Monday, June 24 and Wednesday June 26 respectively. Check out the video below.

check out the video after the jump

Turn Soda Into Instant Slush!

In: Random Reads, Redd, Videos

I don’t know about you but I love my cold icy drinks in the Summer. I especially love cola slushie from the local 7-11 and Iced Coffees. What’s your favorite Summertime drink?

Take any bottle of soda, and get it to freeze on command! This “super cool” trick works with cans of soda as well

WARNING: Leaving soda in the freezer too long can result in failure of the container, and a big mess. Glass bottles are not recommended, as the ice expands when freezing and can shatter the glass explosively. Use of video content is at own risk.

The anomaly of “self freezing soda” has been observed by many people, usually by accident. Some people put a soda in the freezer to chill it, but then forget about it. When they’ve remembered and gone to get it, it’s liquid until they open it, leaving them puzzled. Some people have noticed the effect by leaving the soda outside in cold temperatures.

There is a vending machine in Hong Kong that sells supercooled Coke bottles, and the instructions to trigger nucleation is the same as in this video, however they recommend taking a sip when the cap is on. I believe this is to increase the chances of impurities being introduced into the liquid, making nucleation more likely.

In this video, you’ll learn how to turn any ordinary liquid soda into instant slush like magic!

watch the demonstration after the jump

Since we’re smack-dab in the middle of Pride season, I thought it was a perfect time to share Grindr’s 10 Commandments for Gay Pride. The gay mobile social app wants to remind the community about what Thou shall or shall not do this Pride season. I’m actually in Portland as we speak, celebrating the Rose City’s pride festivities this weekend. Sufficed to say, I have a couple of traveling companions who’re guilty of some of Grindr’s no-nos.

Even though I’ve gone to major Prides in LA, Sydney, New York, Toronto and London, I have to say, Portland is one of my favorites. It’s big enough that there’s something to do, but small enough that everyone does the same thing. I don’t feel like I’m being tugged by different groups of friends. Even when the weather doesn’t cooperate, I always have a blast.

Grindr’s 10 Commandments For Gay Pride

I. Thou Shall Not Be A Hot Mess

Pride is about having fun, but don’t go overboard. If you’re drinking alcohol be sure to drink a glass of water between cocktails – stay hydrated, stay classy!

check out the other commandments after the jump

Male Bus Drivers In Sweden Wear Skirts

In: Donovan, Random Reads, Totally GAY!

That’s no typo. You read that title correctly. While reading up on new American Idol executive producer, Swedish Pers Blankens, I came across this charming little news piece. It’s so random, I simply had to share with you.

To protest the train company’s dress code, roughly a dozen male bus drivers have decided to wear skirts during their shift. The problem is during the summer months, it can get extremely hot in the trains. Since the company forbids wearing shorts, driver Martin Akersten and his colleagues on the Roslagsbanan line have opted for women’s clothing.

Thomas Hedeius, a spokesman for the train company Arriva, says the company wants its staff to look “nice and proper,” but can’t stop men from wearing “women’s clothes” if that’s what they want because it would be discrimination. Just in case you’re wondering, apparently the drivers’ new look has been met with positive responses from the public. God bless the Swedes. It’s no wonder the country is one of thirteen in the world to allow same-sex marriage.

Though the company won’t ban men from wearing skirts, reportedly they will be revisiting the company’s uniform policy in the Fall. Check out the bus drivers below. Too bad, the skirts weren’t a bit sluttier. Perhaps mid thigh would’ve been nice. I wonder if any of them go commando ;)

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The United Kingdom’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has determined that a commercial for web hosting firm Dreamscape Networks is too racy for television and banned it. They came to this decision after receiving complaints that it was “sexist and “degrading to women.” Ummm, isn’t that the former Baywatch star’s entire brand???

“The ASA understood that the ad was intended as a parody of a mundane business meeting and was intended to be humorous and light-hearted. Whilst we noted Dreamscape Networks’ and Clearcast’s comments about the female characters being portrayed as strong, confident business women, we considered that they were also portrayed sexually throughout the ad, not just during the fantasy sequence,” the ASA said in its ruling. “Although the fantasy scene, which we considered was sexually suggestive, was limited to Adam’s imagination, we considered it gave the impression that he viewed his female colleagues as sexual objects to be lusted after. Because of that, we considered the ad was likely to cause serious offense to some viewers on the basis that it was sexist and degrading to women.”

The commercial features Anderson dressed up as a sexy executive with her ample assets in plain sight of one of her of male colleagues. When another female asks Pamela if she wants cream, the horny male begins fantasizing about the two women stripping down to their gold bikinis while being splashed with cream.

For me, the most questionable thing isn’t the two women rubbing their titties and butts together in slow motion, but rather the context. Perhaps this is a silly question, but why is the UK banning a commercial that’s enticing viewers to purchase a .com.au domain? Am I the only one who finds it odd that this Australian ad was supposed to air in the UK? Check out the racy clip below and see if you think it’s too sexy for television.

watch the commercial after the jump

If shirtless blue men turn your crank, you’re in luck. Apparently, the Smurfs are all gay with exception to Smurfette who’s actually the village hag. LOL. Clearly, the following video isn’t tied in with the upcoming Smurfs sequel but rather a parody promoting marriage equality. Humor is definitely a great way to spread the message.

My favorite Smurf in the clip is the one wearing a pink flower on their hat and holding a pink mirror. When Papa Smurf declares the village residents’ homosexuality, the flamboyant Smurf sarcastically delivers, “Shocker! Bet you didn’t Smurf that coming.” He has all the best lines in the clip. Check it out below.

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For the first time since 2008, a boy won the Scripps National Spelling Bee. The 86th annual competition began on Tuesday with 281 contenders. By Thursday’s semifinals, the number of “spellebrities” was down to 42.

After placing third the past two years, 13-year-old Arvind Mahankali finally came out on top. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe he’s the sixth consecutive Indian American to win. What was his Achilles heel in previous years- a German word- turned out to be his blessing in 2013. The Queens, New York native walks away with $30,000 cash, a $2,500 U.S. savings bond from Merriam-Webster, $2,000 worth of reference works from Encyclopedia Britannica and a fancy trophy which he held above his head for cameras.

watch the video and find out his winning word after the jump

Chloe Reminisces About Memorial Day

In: Donovan, Random Reads, Videos

This post was originally written May 21, 2011, but since it’s Memorial Day for our US readers, I thought I’d recycle it. Personally, it’s my favorite one from Drew Droege’s clips. If you haven’t checked it out, you simply have to. If you have, why not give it another spin. Enjoy and Happy Memorial Day.

As you can see, it’s really not Chloe Sevigny but rather the fantastic Drew Droege. If you’ve never seen any of his Chloe impersonations, you’re missing out. My friend Dan from Seattle first introduced me to this online gem last year. Ever since, I’ve been hooked. Since Drew didn’t create a video celebrating our long weekend in Canada occurring this weekend, I thought I’d post this video in honor of that. And the fact Memorial Day is next week also made this post very timely.

In his past videos, “Chloe” has listed off her favorite things for “Summer” and “Birthdays”. For his new video, “Memorial Day“, the Chloe Sevigny impersonator recalls memories of Memorial Days past. Once again, the combination of random celebrities and past pop culture references had me howling out loud. Plus his side-hip pose delivery with his signature voice cracks me up. Check out the awesomeness that is Drew Droege aka Chloe below. You’ll never look at the real Chloe Sevigny the same way again.

watch the video after the jump

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