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If you don’t think this is the greatest song ever, I will fight you.

I’m watching Anchorman for about the 47th time, and the scene where they sing “Afternoon Delight” still cracks me up. Here’s the official music video for the news team’s rendition of the song, as seen on the bonus materials of the DVD. Awesome.

Tonight was the season premier of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and I can say without a doubt the first half of it was hilarious. Then my effing DVR stopped recording it. So, while I’m sure the second half was equally funny, I haven’t seen it. I have to wait until the internets offer up their bounty. Here’s what I’m using to tide myself over: another video of a live performance of The Nightman Cometh. This one’s from when the tour stopped in Boston, and it includes some material not seen in the original episode. Awesome, but very NSFW.

Bacon is Good for Me!

This video inspires so many emotions: joy, loathing, fear, hunger. We all know bacon is glorious. And we all know at least on obnoxious kid. So I think we can all relate. Plus it contains two things I love: bacon and cheese in a can. So, aside from the fact that this kid is a symbol of the stereotypical fat, spoiled American child, what’s not to love?

It’s well known that there are a dearth of new ideas coming out of Hollywood. Movie studios constantly push out sequels, remakes, reboots, and video game adaptations. So is it far-fetched to believe that a desperate studio would turn to one of Nintendo’s biggest franchises for next year’s blockbuster? This trailer for Mario Kart: The Movie is a spoof. But let’s be honest with ourselves: we’ve already seen a Super Mario Brothers movie, so a real movie based on Mario Kart wouldn’t be a surprise.

A stormtrooper in a poorly designed uniform, firing and implausible blaster
In the real world, everything man-made, from iPods to chairs to kitchen utensils, has been designed. Someone conceived it, tried different approaches, tested it, then finally produced it. When something is poorly designed we notice it, either because it’s not attractive or because it doesn’t work well. We don’t seem to have the same standards for things in movies however, because most people haven’t caught on to the ludicrous design choices made in the Star Wars universe. John Scalzi has noticed though, and he’s put together a list of the most egregious errors. For example, here’s his take on R2-D2:

Sure, he’s cute, but the flaws in his design are obvious the first time he approaches anything but the shallowest of stairs. Also: He has jets, a periscope, a taser and oil canisters to make enforcer droids fall about in slapsticky fashion — and no voice synthesizer. Imagine that design conversation: “Yes, we can afford slapstick oil and tasers, but we’ll never get a 30-cent voice chip past accounting. That’s just madness.”

The list is hilarious and spot-on. I’m guessing it’s only a matter of time before people take this concept and start applying a critical design eye to other sci-fi movies.

Do you find lyrics difficult to follow, but take comfort in the cold calculation of a flow chart? Do you love 80s songs, especially those by one-hit-wonders? If so, today is a happy, happy day for you. For I present to you a flowchart that finally explains the lyrical complexity of Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart”, proving once again that everything makes more sense in flowchart form.

total-eclipse

Deep down I know this is really dumb. But that doesn’t keep me from laughing. I won’t attempt to explain, just watch it:

The shark part kills me. I guess it’s the band flashbacks…

This is just genius. The mad scientists at GamerVision.com have slavishly studied the trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, then recreated it with amazing detail. Only instead of a band of American soldiers hunting Nazis, their version features a ragtag group of Italian plumbers, ready to take down the evil Koopas. The results are hilarious. Check it out:

Thanks to Blair for the tip.

Triumph the Insult Comic Dog is the Don Rickles of dogs. He’s hilarious because he’s mean. Really mean. His coverage of the uber-nerds camping out to see Star Wars Episode II is one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen. So when he heads to the Bonnaroo Hippie Fest Music and Arts Festival, I get excited. Check it out as he makes some new, but dirty, friends:

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Part 2:

How cool would it be to play Tiger Woods at golf? Probably not that cool, because you don’t stand a chance in hell at winning. But how cool would it be to play Tiger Woods at Tiger Woods Golf? Now we’re talking, since he’s probably a mere mortal at the game.

Jimmy Fallon put this to the test on his show, taking on Tiger on the 11th hole of Bethpage Black (the course Tiger just played for the US Open). Would he be able to show Tiger up at his own game? Or would Tiger prove that he’s a golf master, no matter the medium? Watch and find out:

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