When we learn that the Martians are predatory toward humans in War of the Worlds, H. G. Wells offers us a bit of perspective by having his narrator remind us: "how repulsive our carnivorous habits would seem to an intelligent rabbit."
No doubt, but this time of year even the vegans enjoy eating rabbits, of the chocolate and marshmallow variety delivered by the Easter Bunny. Perhaps it's an attempt to steer humankind away from our repulsive carnivorous habits? Although his ancestry is in pagan folklore - a fertility symbol, probably - the E.B. is an unthreatening sort. But it's striking how many of his fictitious cousins from nerdy pop culture are fiercely formidable, even sinister and scary, and how often they even the score with humankind for our lapine cruelties.
A few examples...
With the shirts I wear on a regular basis - and would let my kid wear if I had one - maybe I should never be a college professor. Bergen Community College in New Jersey put Professor Francis Schmidt on leave pending a psychiatric evaluation when he posted the above photo of his daughter on Google+, and an executive director of the college who got an email notification that the image was posted took it as a threat.
How so?More >>
While I am certain - not - that most of you were either partying at Coachella or gettin' down to the MTV Movie Awards, many of your fellow readers were scaring up the usual mess o' stories that we didn't have room for last week. Compiled from the weekend thread with the help of Kyle LeClair, here are your weekend highlights of hilariousness.
Tipsters include: donnaryoko, Anyone00, SlyDante777, Dr.Gonzo82, Gallen_Dugall, Citrus_King, troi, andre_morelloMore >>
"First thing in the morning, what do I see, a pile of shit staring at me."
In an attempt to get people in India not to leave their shit just lying around - literally - the U.N. has hit upon a novel solution - an anthropomorphic cartoon turd who'll lick you in the face. Unlike, say, Senhor Testiculo, Mr. Poo is a villain, as seen in the online game where you have to flush his turd minions away.
Now, if I were to ask you, "Seeing as how this is a campaign intended for an Indian audience, what do you imagine would be the most stereotypical thing they could do to market themselves?" and you said, "Why, a music video full of singing and dancing bowel movements and a disco toilet, of course!" we'd be right on the money.
You wanna see it? Of course you do. It's actually catchy as hell.More >>
Our name for it is better.
Well, I for one was too busy planning a WrestleMania party all weekend to see what other fun things were going on in the world, but if, like me, you missed out, here are some highlights of this weekend's reader-submitted items, compiled with the help of Kyle LeClair.
Tipsters this week include SlyDante777, skrag2112, Dr.Gonzo82, Anyone00, franciebrady27, rkwsuperstar, troi, Gallen_DugallMore >>
Today is a peculiar kind of hell for aggregator sites like this one, as almost no press release or announcement can be trusted, and it somehow doesn't feel entirely sporting to call out other site's jokes before people have had a chance to fall for them (I trust by now you've figured out ours from this morning).
So instead, let's make this participatory: what April fools did you see today? Which worked? Which didn't? Include links where possible. I'll be adding to them myself.
If you still wish to be pranked by other sites, you need not click comments to be spoiled, but if you're wondering what news is or isn't real, it could be a help.
One of many nerdy slot machines from last week's Vegas trip...
Before I get to the last-minute desk-clearing items, a guideline: I have been fishing several weekend comments out of the spam filter, so here's a heads up. If you only post a link, or a YouTube, with no commentary, and you do this multiple times, there is a better than average chance Livefyre will read that as spam. I will rescue everything I see, but I'm not on 24/7. Now you know. Here are some links:
-I almost never post about basketball, but this full-court 3D image-mapping is too cool not to share.
-When your plastic bags are in shreds, you have Bane cat's permission to meow.
-A Blackout is coming to Agents of SHIELD. No, not that kind - the show remains on the air.
-Taco Bell Crunchwrap pajamas are fun, but if you want them, it's already too late.
-Every WrestleMania match ever, ranked in order from 1-287.
-A guy I never heard of before will play Miles Dyson's kid in the new Terminator trilogy.
-Hardee's X-Men commercial implies women have to dumb themselves into men before they'll eat huge slabs of unhealthy crap. (I think they mean it the other way, but whatever.)
-Carmageddon ruins a childhood favorite song, much to the delight of parents who are sick of it.
-The spirit of Wesley Willis lives, and loves Sonic the Hedgehog.
-Adding virtual arms to the Oculus Rift.
-Suspended animation isn't just a jokey term for cancelled Pixar movies any more.
h/t to Gallen_Dugall and SlyDante777 for some of the above.
Luke's mother-in-law is former LAPD, a licensed property appraiser and a self-described crazy cat lady. None of which has prepared her for TR readers. All questions and answers are real.
I was treated to a Mexico vacation last week. My mom, who is turning 89 in May, decided that we needed a vacation in Puerto Vallarta. This was to be my 58th birthday present - gifts should arrive for April and her May birthday. For 30 years, my mom has been a very independent widow. She has traveled all over the US and Europe. This year, however she started to use a cane and did not want to try the trip alone. She needed a suitcase helper and I was it. This lady still volunteers 2 times a week at her police department (yep, it runs in the family).
So here is my take on the good and bad of our week in Puerto Vallarta. P.S. There's not much on night life - we were watching CNN by 10-11 p.m. every night.More >>
My own weekend involved molluscs and crustaceans for breakfast, courtesy of an extraordinarily generous friend...
Meanwhile, other nerdily newsworthy things were happening, and with the compilation help of Kyle LeClair, here are some highlights of what you may have missed in the weekend open thread. Tipsters this week include GreggoryBasore, SlyDante777, skrag2112, Anyone00, troi, rkwsuperstar, Citrus King, andre morello, Gallen_Dugall, franciebrady27, James.k.PolkMore >>