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So Topless Robot debuts on Friday morning, then the following three apocalyptically weird things happen in short order:

? Bill Gates Seen Playing Guitar Hero
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The least rocking man in America (maybe second next to Dick Cheney) was caught playing Guitar Hero during his C.E.S. keynote speech last night. He was joined by Slash of Velvet Revolver, n?e Guns n’ Roses. Slash and Bill Gates, together, rocking. If that’s not a reason to break out the gin at 10:30 this morning, well… (Via Kotaku)

? The Queen Plays With Her Son’s Wii

(Sorry. Couldn’t resist.) Anyways, the incredibly disreputable English paper The People says Prince William was playing with his Wii (sorry) when the Queen Mum saw him, got interested, and decided to join in (still sorry). Supposedly her highness partook in Wii Bowling. This is probably not true, but I think we can all agree to pretend it is. (via Destructoid)

Weirdest after the jump…

? ‘Family Circus’ Mentions Wii, Breaks Fifth Seal
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So Saturday, the fantastically unfunny comic strip The Family Circus decided to get topical for the first time in its 40+ year history, and mentioned the Wii, as you can see above. Thankfully, no humor was created by the reference, although it did break the cartoon’s long-standing tradition of having absolutely zero relevance to anything. This makes me incredibly angry, although I can’t really explain why. (Via Kotaku)

(Total side note: I’ve read maybe 10 Family Circus cartoons in the last eight or so years, but I can’t remember seeing baby P.J. in any of them. Is the baby dead? Is the rest of the family denying this? Or are they somehow responsible?) ? Rob

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Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.