Brian Spain was looking forward to taking advantage of some Black Friday deals while visiting his parents in North Carolina for Thanksgiving. On Thursday morning, the New York-based writer/actor/comedian vlogged about camping out in the local Dollar Tree parking lot to be first in line. Spain was j ... More >>
There were a number of possible responses to yesterday's news that a small dead shark was found in the subway: sadness (dead animal), puzzlement (dead aquatic animal?), and, for the germaphobes among us, extreme, immediate, misplaced panic (Jesus Christ, have I been sitting in shark juice)? But the ... 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 >>
In this video for the Discovery Channel, Tom Colicchio emphasizes that chef "means boss. That's all it means," and that, while being a chef is now a respected profession, becoming one doesn't automatically mean you're going to be on TV.
Sharks haven't evolved for 100 million years, yet the Discovery Channel insists on updating us on the species every summer. Starting last Sunday, Shark Week kicked off its 24th year of shark-themed programming. And for the 24th consecutive year, it was a solid week of gurgling underwater soun ... More >>
Next week is Shark Week, when the Discovery Channel tries to educate the public about this noble animal by airing shows like "Killer Sharks" and "Jaws of the Pacific," because, as everyone knows, the best way to motivate the public to protect an oft-threatened species is to make people death ... More >>
A driver for 'Cash Cab,' the excellent mobile TV quiz show that is also kind of fake, ran over a 61-year-old man in Vancouver yesterday. The man, who was from Surrey, British Columbia, died of his injuries. The show had finished the night's filming and a producer (not the bald-pated host of the A ... More >>
I'm not really zany enough to be a regular on Freaky Eaters, but there's no doubt that my palate is as adventurous as my stomach is made of cast iron. Maybe I could be an occasional guest star. Anyway, here are my four weirdest edibles of all time. (4) Ostrich burgers My auntie Anita was ... More >>
Plinkk/FlickrBeautiful, isn't it?If you think beer is just something cold and filling to drink during sporting matches or in the kind of bars that you probably shouldn't order wine in, then, boy, are you ever in the dark. It turns out beer is responsible for, like, all the greatest things on ... More >>
Its the 106th annual New York Boat Show
Bring out your dead (animals)
Sam Calagione's nine-year-old daughter owns part of the brewery. Will be popular in high school. Sam Calagione, the head brewer at Dogfish Head Brewery in Delaware, might look like a frat boy and sound like a total dude, but he's one of the biggest geeks around when it comes to beer. His new ... More >>
I love the Discovery Channel/TLC lineup of half-ton teens, mermaid girls, and other human oddities trying to beat the odds while inspiring you through the chunk blowing. It makes me feel so thrilled to be me! But their "Born Without a Face" show was a complete joke. Bitch had a face!
There are two kinds of "WTF" stories we encounter regularly: The first is "WTF?" which implies a situation that we pointedly don't understand much if anything about, and are trying to make sense of. The other is "WTF." which implies a situation that is beyond absurd, terrifying, or otherwise ... More >>
While we wait for more information on the Discovery Channel gunman situation...um...there's this: There is a deer in China that, apparently, likes to drink beer. Which is slightly less horrifying than a baby in Indonesia who smokes a pack or 10 a day -- maybe?
Reported Discovery Channel environmental rampage-r James Jay Lee listed as a favorite book on his MySpace page and quoted extensively on his demands note from Daniel Quinn's 1992 philosophical novel Ishmael. If you went to college in America over the last 18 years, you've likely met someone r ... More >>
Here's some news that will make you forget all about the oil spill and whether Charlie Rangel violated ethics rules and how freakin' hot it is. This news, in fact, will make you forget possibly everything except the clear and present reality that we are all most certainly doomed. Kate Gosseli ... More >>
We will never own one of these. Whee, the 62nd Annual (Primetime!) Emmys have been announced. There aren't that many surprises: As usual, HBO rocks, as does Mad Men, True Blood, 30 Rock, Glee, Neil Patrick Harris, and Tina Fey. Losties may get another chance to see the objects of their affect ... More >>
Julie Larson MaherI'm always so relentlessly Manhattan-centric, as if nothing else exists in New York, but a recent train voyage to Queens proved my self-imposed limitations have been a bit silly.
Well, looks like someone's been watching a little too much V.
Sarah DiGregorioHow many boutique wine shops can one neighborhood take?Pretty much the most accurate measure of Red Hook's gentrification can be summed up by this headline found in the Brooklyn Paper this morning: "Call it the War of the Rosé! Red Hook wine shops battle it out." Yes. There ... More >>
Courtesy of Eat Me Daily and the Discovery Channel, check out this exhaustively detailed video on how candy canes are made, complete with a very serious British narrator and a soundtrack that sounds like a cross between porn-movie music and the stuff that's playing when you get on a plane.
Since a new movie has debuted about Amelia Earhart, people are asking again what happened to her when her last flight vanished in 1937. The popular new answer: she was eaten by coconut crabs. It is presumed she and navigator Fred Noonan made a forced landing at Nikumaroro, part of the Phoenix ... More >>
The three Arrrrrs: Maritime schools tackle the seafaring menace
A trip to the swanky new Brooklyn Bowl with everyone's favorite art-rock brother-sister act
In these days of master mixology and cocktail snobbery, cream liqueur can be a hard sell. But Bailey's tastes like watered down chocolate milk next to the silky, complex cream that is Amarula from South Africa. Made from the famed fruit of the marula tree--you know, the one you've seen on the Discov ... More >>
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