December 18, 2013
4 Valuable Lessons You Only Learn From Having A Crappy Job
Most people have probably had a shitty, disposable job at one point. Maybe you're in one now, reading this on your phone in a futile attempt to escape reality (IT GETS BETTER). Toiling in minimum wage bullshit can at least give us empathy for others…
5 Signs The Tech Industry Finally Ran Out Of Ideas In 2013
So when I say that 2013 was the year consumer tech completely ran out of ideas, I'm not coming at this like a Luddite or cheapskate, grumping about how nobody needs this plastic Chinese crap because in my day we wrote comedy with nothing more than a…
43% Of Americans Believe In Santa Claus And 7 Other Things Americans Think About The Holidays
Public Policy Polling's annual holiday poll comes out tomorrow. An exclusive first-look given to BuzzFeed shows Americans are pretty divided over Santa's race, 40% of Americans said they believe in Santa Claus, many Americans believe the "War on Christmas" is real, and more people think Santa is a Democrat than a Republican.
How To NOT Get Fired While Attending Your Holiday Office Party
ATTIRE: Appropriate: Festively ugly holiday sweaters, a sport coat with a button down and that tie your grandfather gave you that plays the dreidel song, whatever the theme of the party is. Inappropriate: A santa suit. Even if the theme of the party is “santa suits”. SantaCon is over, and you’re just going to make “come sit on Santa’s lap” jokes all night. Really, we’re saving you from yourself. And lawsuits. EATING: Appropriate: Occasionally grabbing passed appetizers as they come your way, and making -- at most -- two trips to that table with the cheese & crackers and weird fondue thing on it. Inappropriate: Hanging out by the entrance to the catering kitchen and taking 40% of the passed apps off the plate like some kind of Norwegian troll seeking its tax in stuffed mushrooms.
Burberry Model Neelam Johal - Burberry Casts First Indian Model
Plus, it seems Johal is a budding fashion blogger: Check out her backstage photos from Burberry Prorsum's last fashion show, including a coveted picture with Harry Styles. So as long as no rabid Directioners take fashion's newest princess captive,…
French McDonald's Ads For "Grand Bagel Cheese" And "Double Shiny Bacon"
Eater this week draws our attention to a series of McDonald’s TV spots that have been running in France since November. The ads promote limited-edition burgers made with American-style bread, since everyone knows that if there’s one thing America…
What Went Wrong For Olive Garden And Red Lobster
The hedge fund Barington Capital Group is mounting a campaign to break up the parent company of Olive Garden and Red Lobster, Darden Restaurants, in part because of the abysmal performance of those two chains. Here's a look at how they fell so far so fast.
Stonyfield Gets Win In Whole Foods' Decision To Drop Chobani Next Year
Organic yogurt-maker Stonyfield Farm just started distributing an exclusive Greek yogurt line at Whole Foods two weeks ago. The Wall Street Journal reported earlier today that Whole Foods will stop selling Chobani yogurt by early 2014 to make room for more organic and GMO-free brands.
UCLA, SDSU & Chapman COEDs Strip For Winter Undie Runs On Instagram
When women run in an undie run, everyone wins. Charities win because undie runs take donations in the form of money and/or clothing. Women win because they’re helping these charities have fun while getting a good workout. Men win because… women are…
How Americans Celebrate Christmas, According To Statistics
Nearly half of Americans either don't celebrate Christmas or do celebrate it as a cultural holiday and not a religious one. Pew Research released data Wednesday on how Americans celebrate Christmas, according to a survey conducted December 3-8 of 2,001 adults.
Watch The Moment Mitt Romney Realized He'd Lost The Presidency
Netflix just debuted the trailer for Mitt, its documentary about Willard M. Romney's failed White House bid. And while it doesn't contain any revelatory information about the Romney campaign, the trailer does show a side of the ever-composed…
5 Things You'll Do This Christmas That Would Blow Your Mind When You Were 7 Years Old
When you were seven you had never seen more than forty-five dollars in one place, so the thought that you'd spend that much money on a gift for one person is earth shattering. Do you know how much lemonade you'd have to sell in December to acquire…
I Can’t Decide Whether ‘Her’ Is A Touching Or Manipulative Portrait Of Male Loneliness
Spike Jonze’s Her is about a very lonely man who logs onto the Internet and finds, buried in one particular algorithm of artificial intelligence, the woman of his dreams. Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix) is a little defensive about that, of…
The 8 Daunting Tasks Of The DARPA Robotics Challenge
The DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) Trials—taking place December 20-21 at the Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Fla.—aim to speed development of robots that could aid in response efforts after future natural and man-made disasters. The 17 teams competing at the DRC Trials will direct their 10 different robots to accomplish eight tasks, each presenting distinct challenges for the robots and their operators:
Open Letters To The Most Annoying People Studying In The Library
Sure. Have a coffee, a sandwich, a pop-tart, I don't care, but Sun Chips? I don't think you could have found anything worse to eat in a library, and it definitely doesn't help that you chew like a fucking wood chipper. What flavor are they? I'd be…
Jay Leno's Post-'Tonight Show' Job: CNN's Jeff Zucker Among Suitors
This story first appeared in the Jan. 3, 2014, issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. How in demand is Jay Leno? The most watched late-night host, who will be without a TV job in February when NBC transitions The Tonight Show to Jimmy Fallon, has been approached by some unlikely suitors.
8 Things People Born On Christmas Day Are Sick Of Hearing
There is statistically just as much chance of being born on December 25th as there is March 5th, August 14th or November 1st but for some reason people are fascinated by our day of birth above all others. A sure fire way to not make friends with one of us Christmas babies is to go down this predictable path of questions. Here's some tips on how not to turn a Kevin McAllister into a Grinch.
10 Of The Best Holiday Books You Probably Haven’t Read
For many of us, December is the month of trotting out old classics: traditions, recipes, that one silver plate that’s been in the family for generations. Of course, it’s a time of classic holiday reading, too, so if you’re both the bookish and the…
Coke Life Ad: A Realistic Portrayal Of What It's Like To Become A Parent.
You know that Google Chrome ad that imagined parenthood as a series of beautiful, meaningful moments all set to a swelling piano-and-violin composition that made you cry and cry and press replay and cry some more? It’s a lie. This commercial for…
The Most Personally Conflicting Public Marriage Proposal Of All Time
I’m sure we can all relate to feeling like for some reason the world has decided that today, for you, will be a slightly bad day. (Is that broad enough?) A few days ago I stubbed my toe, burned my thumb on the stove, spilled coffee, spilled dinner,…
‘The Voice’: Shakira & Usher Returning — Season 6 Premiere Date
If you loved Shakira and Usher on the fourth season of The Voice, you’ll definitely want to turn around for this news: NBC officially announced Dec. 17 that both former coaches will return for the show’s upcoming sixth season! They’ll rejoin Adam…