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Nerd Alert: Batgirl #19 @GailSimone

In: Random Reads, Tommy D, Totally GAY!

Yesterday morning as I was waking up I thought that it has been a while since my last Nerd Alert and I was really wanting to do another one. Little did I know (mainly because I try not to read spoilers) that I would read one of the best issues of comics in the New 52, and that it came from Batgirl.

I have always had a love hate relationship with the New52 Batgirl. First of all I am a Stephanie Brown fan through and through and getting rid of her as Batgirl (and from the DCU altogether) was heartbreaking for me. I also loved Barbara as Oracle and I truly feel that we have lost one of the best characters in the history of comics, but I still picked her up. The first year was a bit rocky for me mainly because Batgirl I felt was a wimp. As we all know Barbara was shot and paralyzed by the Joker and was in a wheelchair. She became Oracle the info jock of the DCU for all of it’s heroes and an intellectual counterpart to Batman. With the reboot they gave her back her legs through a miracle surgery. Well in the first chunk of issues she just kept whining about her new legs, and how she was scared to lose them again and all the remorse she felt by being able to walk while so many don’t. It got incredibly redundant that I almost dropped the title.

Thank god I didn’t.

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Normally, I’m a honey mustard or vinaigrette kind of guy, but I might have to rethink my salad dressing options, especially after watching this Kraft commercial. The brand’s new pitchman cleverly called (not) “Zesty Guy” makes a really compelling case to try Zesty Italian. Just be careful not to get too close to the stove like him. Otherwise you might find your v-neck shirt disintegrate, leaving you exposed like Zesty Guy. I guess it’s really our fault. He keeps asking how zesty we like it, causing the flames to go higher and higher, as he adds a bit more zest.

In addition to appearing in the sexy ad spot, Zesty Man will also pop up on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live as a guest chef and bartender. I’m sure Andy Cohen will be happy. Having a hot guy to stare at while guests ramble on is a nice way to pass the time. Plus you can probably cop a feel for the sake of ratings ;) If you want to spread the word about the sassy cook, you can send Zestygrams to all your friends. Check out the commercial below.

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Ever since Kevin Keller first arrived in Riverdale back in 2010, he’s been a fan favorite with Archie Comics readers. The blond, blue eyed, athletic and gorgeous stud became the comics’ first openly-gay character. Since his debut, Kevin received a full series pickup, been targeted by anti-gay group- One Million Moms and even got hitched with a hot military man. You go, Glen Coco. Now, the groundbreaking cartoon is achieving a new first. He’s getting his very own novel.

“This is a book I would have hugged if I’d had it as a child,” says publisher Francesco Sedita. “I hope it has that effect on children and adults today.”

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Famous Rabbits In Cinema

In: Donovan, Random Reads, Videos

Everyone knows Roger Rabbit, Bugs Bunny and Thumper from Bambi, but that’s just scratching the surface. There are plenty more rabbits in cinema history. Given that it’s Easter today, I thought I’d share this wicked supercut.

Travis Rand Greenwood and Brett Roberts compiled bunnies from animated films and live action ones for the clip. It includes obvious selections as the ones mentioned earlier, but also features those rabbits in films like Real Genius, Con Air and The Matrix. Without watching the video, I can’t recall the scenes where those floppy eared animals appeared. One cute bunny that I do remember and unfortunately met its fate is the infamous one from Fatal Attraction. RIP ;) Check out the supercut below and hope everyone had a great Easter weekend.

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By now you know I’m the prankster of the bunch… or at least I love to watch them. When I stumbled upon the work of Jack Vale super early in the morning the other day, it’ had me in stitches as I laughed my head off.

Vale has countless videos of pranks he pulls on people that are super awkward but elicit some of the best reactions from the unsuspecting victims. One of those pranks is “Making People Paranoid.” Here’s what Vale says about this prank: “This is probably my favorite prank to film. My goal is to make people feel as uncomfortable as possible as they listen to me describe to someone on the phone exactly what they are doing and what they look like! I had a lot of fun with this one!”

Watch this and many other pranks by checking out the videos I’ve included below. Hope they bring laughter to your day!

Video after the jump…

Best News Bloopers Of March 2013

In: Patrick, Random Reads, Videos

Another month has already gone by and with that has come another batch of the Best News Bloopers for the month of March. Both the January and February editions were quite hilarious, and this one has some pretty funny incidents as well.

About a week ago, I actually wrote about one specific live news prank that happened this month where the anchor wished a happy birthday to Huge Anus without realizing what he had said. One of the other anchors just loses it when he hears it and needless to say, this blooper definitely made the cut for March’s best news bloopers. My favorite one in this montage is where a female news anchor (shown top left in the header photo) accidentally says something pretty dirty and simply can’t recover from it as she breaks down into laughter.

Enjoy the video below!

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I spent Christmas in Hawaii this year and one of the things I wanted to do but didn’t get around to was shark cage diving. I’m deathly afraid of sharks, but have always been equally fascinated by them ever since I was a kid. I was obsessed with Baywatch and Jaws movies. I actually randomly ended up getting a shark tattoo on my left shoulder while I was there. Anyway, after watching this video – I’m not so sure shark cage diving is for me.

While vacationing in Gansbaai, South Africa, a man named Bryan Plummer decided to go shark cave diving with friends. He filmed as his recently married friend Roger was in the cage and instead of the shark going for the bait, he went for Roger and it was caught on video. Here’s what Plummer had to say about the incident:

“I went shark diving March 21st, 2013 for the first time in Gansbaai, South Africa with my sister Leanne Plummer and best friends Peter Lipscombe, Richard Lipscombe and Monica Kronfli .. and managed to catch this on film!! A shark totally ignores the bait and goes straight for the cage!! He gets his head inside the cage, while fellow diver Roger (who got married the day before), acted quickly to swim below the gaping sharks mouth and to avoid any injury. Apologies for any profanity in the video.. it was an out of control situation.”

The video was just uploaded a few days ago and has gone viral, with almost two million views already. Watch the video below and maybe think twice about shark cage diving.

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They were never approved by Ford, but new artwork from an ad agency in India have the American car company in hot water. The controversial illustrations depicting women caricatures gagged and tied up in the back of the Ford Figo somehow (wink) ended up on the Internet. The ads feature the tagline, “Leave your worries behind with Figo’s extra-large boot.” A tad inappropriate don’t you think? Especially given the high-profile rape stories in India making worldwide news.

“We deeply regret the publishing of posters that were distasteful and contrary to the standards of professionalism and decency within WPP Group. These were never intended for paid publication and should never have been created, let alone uploaded to the internet.” – WPP, the parent group of the Indian ad agency

“We deeply regret this incident and agree with our agency partners that it should have never happened. The posters are contrary to the standards of professionalism and decency within Ford and our agency partners.” – Ford

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi appears in one of the ads (see above). These come soon after Berlusconi was found guilty of breach of confidentiality in a wiretap case and as he awaits trial in a sex-for-hire case.

Another part of the creative shows Paris Hilton in the driver’s seat while the Kardashian sisters are bound and gagged. I’m sure Hilton would love to “leave her worries behind.” While her popularity has wain, Khloe, Kim and Kourtney’s star wattage has only risen. To quote Regina George… she [Paris] like invented her [Kim].

In the Indian ad agency’s defense, they’re not completely misogynistic. The last ad shows three males instead of women being held against their will in the backseat. Check out the other two mockups below.

check out the other ads after the jump

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