A lot of you complained that this week’s Super Terrific Japanese Thing, the horrifying Tropicana Fruits Sweets beverage Orange with Rare Cheese Flavor, wasn’t horrifying at all. That “rare cheese” is Japan’s secret code word for cheesecake or something, and cheesecake drink might actually sound pretty good. First of all, you’re wrong; a cheesecake drink sounds terrifying, albeit not as terrifying as a regular cheese-flavored drink. Second of all, fine, whatever. Have another STJT.
No. Fucking. Words. There’s not an iota of this whole thing that isn’t totally batshit insane — the players, the town, the plan, the hotel, the refusal of everyone involved to acknowledge how crazy this fucking shit is — all of it. Thanks to John S. for the tip. (Via Wall Street Journal)
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.