If you find yourself tiring of watching poll results trickle in, here's a worthy distraction: Animal Planet will premiere a one-hour documentary on 9/11 K-9 Disaster Relief units. Hero Dogs of 9/11 goes on tonight at 8 p.m. The special will tell the story of handler Frank Shane, a man with 30 years' ... More >>
So many reality shows, and so many of them are terrible. But people watch this stuff, despite feigning revulsion. "Trash culture" is on the rise, and with everyone from Consequence to The Game are landing "roles" in a reality show, we wanted to get in on the action and list some potentially quality ... More >>
Nate Silver, the statistical genius who predicted the outcome of the last two presidential elections and the most recent Senate race, has now revealed his pick for the winner of the Super Bowl. Are you ready for it? It's Beyonce! Nope, it's actually the San Francisco 49ers. And, unfortunately for ... More >>
The rock subgenre known as "emo"or at least a watered-down version of itgot kind of big in the early 2000s. But before then, a slew of bands were crafting post-hardcore with twisting time signatures, dynamic shifts in tempo and loudness, and alternatingly sung/screamed vocals. Braid wa ... More >>
This year's legislative session is set to come to an end Thursday, and a proposal laid out by Governor Andrew Cuomo that would decriminalize the "public view" loophole in New York's marijuana possession law appears to be dead in the water.The governor set a deadline of last night for he and legislat ... More >>
As you probably know, New York's "public view" marijuana law makes absolutely no sense -- it makes doing something in public (while fully clothed) a misdemeanor, while doing the same exact thing in private is a violation that's about as serious a crime as a parking ticket.Nobody seems to know this b ... More >>
Kvetching with my favorite mother-daughter yenta duo
Lucy Cooke may have one of the best jobs on the entire planet. She's a documentarian, a sloth documentarian; you've probably seen her work in the happiness-producing "Meet the Sloths," her video about the Aviaros sloth sanctuary in Costa Rica. Animal Planet has realized her talents (and the great po ... More >>
This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema discovers Sicilian in Brooklyn Heights, but not Palermo-Sicilian, at Catania. Lauren Shockey goes all carnivorous at The Cannibal.photo by Liz BarclayCatania; not Palermo! Eric Asimov approves of Salinas: "Classic, simple tapas like grilled bread sprea ... More >>
Animal Planet, creators of the Puppy Bowl, have done it again. Puppies vs. Babies is a reality.
via Animal PlanetMarvin is terrified of pit bulls because of a traumatic experience he had as a child. Forty years ago, this fear would have been undiagnosed and Marvin's phobia would be his secret shame. Because it is 2011, the world gets to watch Marvin break down in tears when confronted b ... More >>
A friend was desperate to see Abduction, despite it's 5 percent rating on RottenTomatoes.com -- or maybe because of it. The Tuesday night showing at the Chelsea Clearview surprisingly turned out to be sold out, but he bought tickets from a scalper outside. (And she was weirdly self-defeating, cha ... More >>
The Animal Planet hit Confessions: Animal Hoarding just contacted me! They somehow heard about the immense collection of gerbils up my ass!
Don't worry, it doesn't bite, via style.comWatching guests arrive at the Dennis Basso Fall runway show was more like watching Animal Planet. We'd say about 80 percent of them had fur on, and about 75 percent were blond. We're not sure what that says about fur consumers -- we just thought we'd ... More >>
Bed Bugs have infested bedrooms, the Gramercy Hotel and have even scared away tourists. Rats are on the subway and even someone's face. It's inevitable that someone was going to give our local celebrities a reality television show. But you too can be a part of the action!
A competitor in today's Puppy Bowl.This evening at 6 p.m., you'll most likely be tuning into the Super Bowl to watch some football team play some other team. I think its the Packers vs. the Seahawks or something. The Steelers. The Packers vs. the Steelers. Look, you could join the lowest com ... More >>
via Roscoe's Facebook pageToday the New York Times chronicles a situation born out of fear, and money, and hope; a situation that we hope none of you ever have to face. That situation is wondering if the ton of cash you've spent on your bedbug-sniffing dog is worth it.
In the wake of the Gap logo brouhaha, a/k/a, the making of an already ugly logo into an uglier one "circa 2010," allow us to present you with nine more of the most unfortunate logo redesigns we've lived through. There should be a T-shirt attesting to this, except there's no way in hell we'd w ... More >>
Daniel examines his raw meat options on Freaky Eaters. We now acknowledge the primacy of reality TV - and TV in general - to the foodie experience. Stand around the water cooler in any office on Thursday morning, and the conversation is likely to turn to who won the Quickfire on Top Chef the ... More >>
Copyright 2010 John de Guzman via Animal PlanetClick to EnlargeIn an impressive and unsettling display, over 10,000 migrating birds became stuck in the light-led vortex of the 9/11 tribute beams that momentarily paused their trip south. The New York City Audubon worked with the Municipal Art Soci ... More >>
According to a new Animal Planet documentary, the king of pop's pet chimp lives in an ape center in Florida and hasn't been told of Michael's death, even though we're informed, "Michael was a mother figure to him." The chimp is carefully protected from all manner of jolts and exploitation, b ... More >>
Alex Rodriguez, who had been eating up opposing pitching all through the playoffs, took a collar in last night's Series opener. We who have free souls, it touches us not, but since Yankee fans are already freaking out, let us offer them something else to worry about: Kate Hudson. The blogs are stuf ... More >>
The second Michael Jackson croaked, I predicted that the exploitation of his death would surpass anything seen on Animal Planet. Sure enough, Joe Jackson was hawking his new record label before the body was even cold. A televised memorial had a bunch of all-stars singing and remembering for ... More >>
A documentary about the Sea Shepherds, an under-funded, unprotected volunteer group of nautical vigilantes
In a recent study of heart-healthy foods, vegetables, nuts and the Mediterranean diet were named as "good" heart foods, while--shocker!--the trans fats in french fries are bad. Meat, eggs and milk are still in heart-health limbo. [AP via Google] Meanwhile, an Iowa company is working on a geneticall ... More >>
Rex Grossman: Not the Lord's Quarterback PREGAME: I flipped over to the Animal Planet Puppy Bowl around 5:00, just to see what all the aww-ing was about…. and left it there until 6. Whoops. That thing is oddly mesmerizing, certainly more so than Jim Nantz and Phil Simms. I just hope I didn't miss ... More >>
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