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FIFA World Cup is by far one of the most amazing sporting events in history, and undoubtedly the most watched sporting spectacular, amazing people and nations around the world. With the 2010 FIFA World Cup launching South Africa into the spotlight with their infamous vuvuzelas, and the amazing finale watching Spain narrowly defeat the Netherlands. The epic run up to the final match, watching the top ranked teams beaten out by unsuspecting rivals made the event the most google’d term in 2010!

On December 2nd, the governing body selected the host nations for FIFA World Cup 2018 and 2022. The span of nations for the every-four-year event was impressive, once again spreading across cultures and the world. One of the best parts of the selection process are the nomination videos, where each country has the opportunity to showcase their culture, the awe they will inspire in people around the world, and most importantly, the spectacular sporting arenas they will erect to house the dozens of games throughout the month-long tournament.

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New Bacteria Changes Everything

In: Patrick, Random Reads

Whoa – super interesting! Scientists reported today that they have discovered a new bacteria (Halomonadaceae) that can thrive on arsenic, which as you know is generally considered toxic to humans. All life on earth is made of six components: carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, phosphorus, and sulphur…but this new bacteria uses arsenic instead of phosphorus, substituting one element for the other. Now the whole outlook on life and how it is sustained and might be found in the rest of the universe has totally changed accorded to the NASA funded-researchers.

“Life as we know it requires particular chemical elements and excludes others. But are those the only options? How different could life be? The microbes and bacterium strain we have found named GFAJ-1 are now pointing to new life and expand what could be living out there.”

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On the way up to Grouse Mountain this weekend, my cousin Shauna told me about an event that she would be co-hosting called Pacifica Beat, a fund-raising concert for the Pacifica Treatment Centre here in Vancouver. The event is being put on to not only promote hope and recovery but bring light to the disease of addiction.

I had to chance to talk with Kerry Dennehy, CEO of Pacifica Treatment Centre today to learn more about what Pacifica Treatment Centre is all about and what he hopes will come from this event.

“Pacifica Treatment Centre is the oldest co-ed treatment centre for addictions in the lower mainland and not a lot of people realize that. My goal as CEO is to raise the profile of addictions and destigmitize it so that more people will come forward and get treatment.”

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As reported earlier, Alicia Keys has convinced a few of her celebrity pals to play dead for a campaign to benefit her AIDS charity, Keep a Child Alive. The celebrities including Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, Usher and a slew of other names have agreed to sign off all social media platforms starting today in honor of World Aids Day. They have collectively vowed to keep their online personas “dead” until people “buy” their lives back and raise $1,000,000 for Key’s charity.

As part of the campaign, some of the celebrities posed for pictures depicting themselves dead in white silk/satin-lined coffins. Others filmed a last “tweet and testament” video clip posted on YouTube. I wonder how fast the charity will raise the funds. For the celebrities’ sake, I hope sooner rather than later. I think a few of them will be going through some major tech withdrawals. Lady Gaga alone, has more than 7.2 million Twitter followers and 24 million fans on Facebook and probably could raise that amount in a day. Check out a few of the death portraits below.

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Book Review: Catching Fire

In: Dan, Random Reads, The Arts

I recently read and posted a review for Suzanne Collins’ novel, The Hunger Games, and if you have a scan through that post you’ll come to realize that the original book in the series has been one of my most favourite books in the last few months. The Hunger Games is a three-part series, including the focal point of this review, Catching Fire, and the second book in the trilogy.

To say that I have been completely swept up by Collins’ words would be an understatement. The plotline of this series had me within the first few pages of the Hunger Games and I have been longing to find out what the next two books have in store for the protagonist, Katniss Everdeen. For the sake of my loyal readers, I have often tried to mix up the books in my to-read list, as I want to ensure that I don’t get caught up in a series and have nothing new to get you all excited about. Unfortunately with this series you’ll simply have to bear with me as I have now finished the second book and I intend to pick up exactly where I left off with the third (and final) book in the series.

Catching fire jumps immediately back into the AMAZING storyline of Katniss Everdeen who has recently won The Hunger Games and in an extraordinary twist of fate, her fellow district competitor, Peeta, has also been crowned victor. This seemingly simple twist of fate was made possible through impeccable dexterity and willingness to outsmart those individuals in charge of The Hunger Games. I apologize now, if you haven’t read the original book than that minute description will make no sense. My recommendation is that you start with the first book and catch up quickly. Katniss has just returned back to her home district, district 12, to her mother and sister, and the love of her life (yet she won’t admit it even to herself), Gale (yes, a man named Gale).

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Brother Husbands On BLT

In: Patrick, Random Reads, Videos

O. M. God. If you’ve seen even one episode of TLC’s Sister Wives, then you’ll love this parody of the show called “Brother Husbands“. Instead of having a one guy and four women, this household has one woman and four guys. One of the guys is so obviously gay (like Cam on Modern Family type gay) but this is not discussed during their group confessionals…making it that much more hilarious.

In terms of the other husbands, one of them is the bread winner who barely gets any time with his wife, one is not very smart, and one is purely needed for her sexual needs. The parody stars Michael Serrato, Emma Bates, Amir Talai, Joshua Zar, and Samuel Mcguire.

I would absolutely watch this show. LOL.

Check out the video after the jump…

They’re baaaaaaaaaaack and funnier than ever. The two fashion rejects delusionally think they’re cutting edge fashionistas and attempt to go behind the scenes for an Anthony Franco fashion show. As you can imagine, security is pretty tight at LA Fashion Week, and standing in their way is Connor Bloom (Charlotte Newhouse). The tough-as-nails publicist will do anything to make sure these trainwrecks don’t derail the show. Eventually the soon-to-be rehab patients, make it through by crawling on their knees. A position they’re quite familiar with. Doesn’t Hunter look like a big nelly bottom to you?

Once again, the dynamic duo were awesome enough to send their new video first to Homorazzi.com. Love these bitches. It feels like forever since Jessica and Hunter released a new video and I’ve been long overdue for a good laugh. Looks like my Thanksgiving wish came through. Watch it below. It’s hot off the presses. Be careful not to get burnt.

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I’ve always had a soft hard spot for Matt Damon ever since I saw him in John Grisham’s “The Rainmaker” and my adoration only grew when I watched “Good Will Hunting“. Don’t even get me started on my fascination with the Bourne movies. Anyhoo, thanks to a new video by Matt Damon for AOL’s “You’ve Got…” series, I now know what not to get him for the holidays. I can scratch glowing neckwear, stuffed animals and the Snuggie off that list.

In the video, Damon shows off some of the worst Christmas gifts he’s gotten over the years. He even dresses up in a teal Snuggie he got last year as a present. Maybe I should buy him a twosie Snuggie so we can get all comfy as we watch “Stuck On You” together. Le sigh. As an alternative to those aforementioned gifts, he suggests a water bottle as a stocking stuffer this year. The bottle designed by his brother and his friends will benefit Water.org, an organization Damon co-founded in 2009.

Their mandate is to provides access to safe water and sanitation in African, South Asian and Central American communities. 100 percent of proceeds from this limited edition CamelBak Better Bottle will support said cause. You can purchase one or a set of three by clicking here. Check out the adorable video below.

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