Thursday, May 31, 2012

The 10 Greatest Songs That Sample The Beatles

Who thought The Beatles and rap could mix so well? I guess it's true that the greatest band of all time really have influenced every musician. From Uproxx, here's the 10 greatest hip-hop/rap songs that feature samples from The Beatles; click the link above to listen.

10. The Roots - Thought @ Work (Hey Bulldog)
9. The Beastie Boys - The Sounds of Science (Back in the U.S.S.R., Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise), The End, When I'm Sixty-Four)
8. Wu-Tang Clan - The Heart Gently Weeps (While My Guitar Gently Weeps)
7. 2 Live Crew - Fraternity Record (Day Tripper)
6. Public Enemy - Who Stole the Show? (A Day in the Life, Getting Better)
5. Talib Kweli - Lonely People (Eleanor Rigby)
4. A Tribe Called Quest - Push It Along (All You Need is Love)
3. Poison Clan - Jeri Curl (Do You Want to Know a Secret?)
2. Fat Boys - Baby, You're a Rich Man (Baby, You're a Rich Man)
1. Doc Brown - In My Life (In My Life)


You know what isn't a Jeep thing? That spare tire cover.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Truman Show Delusion

So, apparently real, actual people that live in this same world as you and I suffer from something called "Truman Show Delusion."  Sufferers think they are secretly being filmed and that everyone in their lives are actors; much like the events in the Jim Carrey film The Truman Show in which he was selected at birth to be the unknowing "star" of a reality show. Psychiatrists Joel and Ian Gold coined the term "Truman Show Delusion" back in 2008 and have documented 5 cases of this strange mental disorder, with several other cases making news around the world.

The most recent case involves Nicholas Marzano, a man from Illinois who is suing HBO on claims that the network is filming him without his consent using hidden cameras installed in his home and car.  Oh, and he says that pretty much the entire town is in on the show, and HBO is preventing him from getting a job and money.  Right.  But watch out, since the Golds think the rise of technology will give rise to more "Truman Show Delusions."  Read more about the individual cases at Buzzfeed.

Star Wars starring Nicolas Cage as every character

Click for full size. Via Uproxx

Monday, May 28, 2012

Happy Memorial Day!

Happy Memorial Day to all my readers. I'm sure everyone knows someone personally that has been affected in one way or another by war. Enjoy your day of food, beer, swimming, and sun but above all remember the true reason for the day.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Dr. Seuss style Star Wars characters

I've featured art from DevianART user DrFaustusAU before (Batman, Ghostbusters) and now I'm featuring him again due to his latest Seuss inspired work.  This time he Seussifies the worst bounty hunter in the Star Wars universe and what many people call the trash compactor monster.  Take a look below and be sure to check out the rest of his work.

Lego DeLorean

From Neatorama

One word review of Jack White's "Blunderbuss"


Saturday, May 26, 2012

28 pound sandwich

This sandwich from chef Tristan Welch is only 28 pounds and over a foot tall, with 35 kinds of meat.  No big deal.  (via)

Friday, May 25, 2012

Cake + Tim Burton + Zoetrope =

via Neatorama

Bill Murray's 10 Most Internet Bait-Able Moments

Bill Murray sure seems to be making headlines lately, at least here on the B Long Blog.  But if anyone has more "internet bait-able" moments, it's Bill Murray for sure.  Uproxx has a collection of the top 10; check out a few below and make sure to click the "Bill Murray" tag underneath the post for more.

10. During SXSW 2010 Bill wandered into Austin bar Shangri-La with GZA from the Wu-Tang Clan and proceeded to commandeer the bar, serving patrons tequila shots regardless of what they ordered. Quintessential Murray.

9. In the late 2000's Bill went through a phase where he enjoyed wandering into hipster-y house parties and bar scenes in Brooklyn. The photographic evidence of course threatened to break the internet.

8. Early last year The Chive got a hold of (and promptly water stamped) photos of Bill crashing a karaoke party in NYC. Word is he dominates "Dead or Alive."

7. Apparently if you pull off a semi-legit Ghostbusters group costume Bill Murray will appear like a State Farm agent and take a photo with you. You don't even have to score a black guy or anything.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Under the bridge downtown...

is apparently located at MacArthur Park in LA.  Vulture writer Mark Haskell Smith did some detective work and discovered the actual bridge referenced in the Red Hot Chili Pepepr's breakout hit "Under the Bridge."  It is located in the aforementioned park which is actually neat and tidy; however it was rampant with drug users during the 80s (Anthony Kiedis hit his low point "under the bridge" in 1988).  Kiedis has never revealed the actual location, so it's pretty neat that someone was able to piece together bits of information to discover its location.  Read the full story here.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Bill Murray talks about Moonrise Kingdom drunk?

This guy is always crazy, so it's hard to tell.  He did admit to drinking some Sailor Jerry's and his hair is messy; you be the judge.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

How to protect your Ben & Jerry's

It's called the "Euphori-Lock" and will actually be available soon.  It requires a code to open, and only a knife to bypass.
It might not be too practical, but it is awesome. (via)

Monday, May 21, 2012

Taco Bell does it (yet) again

After the success of the Doritos Locos Tacos that debuted at Taco Bell this year (Click the tag below for more on that), it was only a matter of time before the crazyclever minds at Taco Bell Headquarters came up with another ridiculous/good item.  Behold, the Beefy Nacho Burrito:

Breaking Bad gets a premiere date

Season 5 of Breaking Bad, which will be broken up into two separate 8 episode runs, will premiere on July 15th at 10pm on AMC.  Unfortunately the second half of the final season won't air until summer of 2013, but there's not much anyone can do about that other than wait.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Henry's Kitchen: Holy Guacamole

In the latest "lost" episode of Henry's Kitchen (Part 2.5), Henry shows us how to make guacamole with tortilla chips.  How do you think it will turn out? 

Lazy Sunday 2

The last SNL Digital Short?

Sabotage music video as done by kids

I'm a little late on this, but it's so well done I had to share.  James Winters gathered his kids to film this version of the Beastie Boys' Sabotage music video, as a tribute to MCA (who passed away recently if you didn't know).  The results are humorous but awesome, take a look!

Via Neatorama

Friday, May 18, 2012

The Avengers smashes more records

I wasn't going to post about The Avengers record breaking too much, since it's kind of expected after its massive opening, and I was also waiting to see if it had the legs to reach Avatar or even Titanic. However, it became the fastest film in history to reach $400 million domestically in just 14 days, beating The Dark Knight's record by a ridiculous 4 days. (TDK went on to gross $533 million.) After already reaching the $1 billion mark worldwide, The Avengers seems to have a legit shot of reaching at least the $600 million mark

Bill Murray as FDR

I don't know what's more surprising, Bill Murray playing FDR in the upcoming film Hyde Park on Hudson or the fact that he's playing a serious role (which from the looks of it he seems to be doing a fine job).  Either way here's the trailer, in which Murray is looking pretty old.  Hopefully he gets an Oscar nod for this:

SNL cast member timeline

All I have to say is "Wow."  This is incredible.  This graphic is a convenient way to see all the cast members during all 37 seasons of SNL; when they started, when they left, when they came back, and who hosted all 700+ episodes of the show. Check it out below, brought to you by You'll definitely need to use a full screen for this one.

37 Years of Saturday Night Live

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Approve of this Venn Diagram, Yoda would

I especially like that Gary Coleman is listed alongside fictional characters. (Via)

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For gets release date

The sequel to Sin City, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, finally has a release date of October 4th, 2013.  Casting is already underway, with Jessica Alba and Mickey Rourke (so far) reprising their roles.  Mark your calendars!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Not a joke

After 8 starts, Joe Blanton has more wins for the Phillies than Roy Halladay.  If you aren't a Phillies fan, you may be asking yourself "Who is Joe Blanton?!?"  To that I say "Exactly."  Oh, and his ERA is lower too.  Think about that for a little.

For 50 more surprises in MLB this year, check out Bleacher Report.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day!

Hope all the mothers out there are enjoying their day thus far, we wouldn't be here without you! 

For a NSFW Mother's Day wish, here's Blink 182:

Thoughts on the Miller Lite Punch Top Can

Alright so Miller Lite recently came out with their "Punch Top Can" if you didn't know. It's another marketing gimmick for sure, but does it work?

I've had a few (or more) of the new cans tonight and can give a decent review now. First off, yes the punch top works. It definitely makes the beer flow smoother while drinking it, and eliminates that "gurgle" you get from drinking a regular canned beer. It does what it's supposed to do. I haven't tried it yet, but I'm sure it will make chugging a beer much easier. As for taste? It doesn't change a thing. If you like Miller Lite, drink it. If you don't, this gimmick shouldn't persuade you.

Oh, and the punch top isn't that easy to open. It takes a decent amount of pressure to open it (I used a key and a bottle opener). Also, don't open it before you open the regular opening. Bad news.

The end.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Parks and Recreation renewed!

I posted about 30 Rock returning to NBC for a final season the other day, and was hoping that Parks and Recreation would also return.  Thankfully, it is.  Parks and Rec will have a new season air in the fall this year, and it will be a full 22 episode season.  Which means 22 more episodes with Ron Swanson.  Awesome.

Man steals back his stolen bike

This crazy story would not be possible without the internet, more specifically Craigslist.  Danny Lesh, a man from the D.C. area, had his bike stolen overnight from a friend's house after he had loaned it to them. The next morning, the man noticed his exact bike being listed for sale on Craigslist.  He called the seller and arranged a meeting, and asked for a test ride after haggling the price.  However instead of test driving the bike, he drove it right to a waiting cab; he threw it in the trunk and drove off, successfully stealing back his stolen bike.  The man who stole the bike called Lesh back a half hour later, threatening to call the police.  This never happened, probably because the guy made a living off of selling stolen bikes and clearly wouldn't want the police involved.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Congrats to the 76ers!

I don't post about/follow the 76ers much, but regardless of that a big congratulations go out to the team for upsetting the top seeded Chicago Bulls in the first round! It was only the fifth time in NBA history that an 8 seed upset a 1 seed (though the Bulls did have 2 star players out for most of the series). Too bad they're playing the Heat next round... I'm not liking their chances.

EDIT: As pointed out by my friend Gregg, the NBA playoffs use a bracket system for the playoffs unlike all the other sports, so the Sixers will be playing the Boston Celtics in the second round of the playoffs. Much better draw for them, so good luck!

30 Rock will return for a 7th and final season

Sad to see it go, but at least it will have a fitting end.  30 Rock will return to NBC for a 7th season consisting of 13 episodes, and it will mark the end of the series.  Yet somehow The Office is still going strong after being subpar for a while now.  Oh well, let's hope Parks and Recreation keeps going!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Move over 50 Cent

Everyone knows how many times 50 Cent was shot (9) but do you know how many times James Bond was shot at?  According to Gordon Stanger, James Bond has been shot at at least 4,662 times through all 22 Bond films.  I've done some things to waste time in my past, but to watch 2 entire days worth of movies counting all the shots fired at someone is ridiculous.  The chance of all of these shots not being fatal is so low, it's basically 0.  He may be a great spy, but damn he is the luckiest man in the world.  Sorry Lou Gehrig.

RIP playoff beard

Maurice Sendak wasn't the only death from yesterday; with the Flyers pathetic loss to the Devils they were eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and my playoff beard ceased to exist. RIP

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Maurice Sendak, dead at 83...

... his hairpiece was 24.  Sorry, had to throw in a BASEketball joke there, it was too good to pass up.  But seriously, Maurice Sendak passed away this morning at the age of 83 due to complications after a recent stroke.  If you don't recognize the name, he's the author of Where the Wild Things Are (and some other children's books apparently).  Ironically, he didn't like children.  Here's a part 1 of a recent interview of Sendak on The Colbert Report:

Monday, May 7, 2012

The latest installment of "Between Two Ferns"

I can't believe I haven't posted anything about Zach Galifianakis' hilarious "Between Two Ferns" before, but at least I'm doing it now.  The latest installment -a full episode- aired last night before Comedy Central's the Comedy Awards.  What's that you say? The Comedy Awards?  Yeah, I didn't watch them either.  Regardless, here's a clip of the episode; full video here.

The Campaign "trailer"

Starring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis, who will you vote for?
From Vulture.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

The Avengers sets record for opening weekend with over $200 million *UPDATE*

Yep, you read that right. The latest super hero flick, The Avengers, set a new record for opening weekend box office.  In just 3 days it has grossed an estimated $200.3 million domestically.  $80.5 million of that take was on Friday alone, making it the second highest single day total.  Saturday brought in another $69.7 million for The Avengers, making it the largest Saturday total of all time.  These numbers are all without the international totals, which have set records as well.  It'll be interesting to see how The Dark Knight Rises responds later this year.

UPDATE: The film grossed more than studio estimates, and finished with a 3 day total of  $207.4 million.  Wow. Already setting for best Saturday of all time, it also set the record for best Sunday of all time. 

Maraca vs. Rattle

There's no difference between them. Think about it; it's only defined by the age of the person holding one.
Baby? Rattle.
Adult? Maraca.
Mexican baby? Hmmm, not sure about that one actually.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Just an observation

The majority of people who do the "YMCA" do the "C" in the wrong direction. Fact. Don't even try to argue.

One of these things is not like the others

"Umm they only made 3 Rush Hour films, so we need another movie to go in here...

Uh we'll just throw in another movie Chris Tucker was in and call it the 'Chris Tucker Collection'.

Sorry Jackie Chan."

Bill Murray at the Sixers game?

Apparently Bill Murray was in Philly last night, and decided to stop by Game 3 between the Sixers and Bulls at the Wells Fargo Center:

Friday, May 4, 2012

A fitting vanity plate

Excuse my photography skills, but I had to get a shot of this while I was driving. It's a license plate for a carpet installation company:

The Beastie Boys lose MCA

MCA, real name Adam Yauch, has passed away.  The 47 year old was a member of the Beastie Boys, who were still going strong after releasing their album Hot Sauce Committee Part Two just last year.  Yauch had been diagnosed with cancer in 2009, but had undergone treatments since then.  It is not yet known whether his death is cancer related, but no matter what everyone should continue to fight for their right to party.  MCA would approve.

Philly bar serves "Crosby's Tears"

Philadelphia bar Nodding Head has a unique beer called "Crosby's Tears" that they began serving after the Flyers eliminated the Penguins from the Stanley Cup Playoffs.  It is a strong, 8.7% ABV ale, 'whine-like' in "honor" of its namesake, orange hued like the team that sent him home for the summer, and the perfect complement to a playoff run.

From the 700Level via USAToday.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Nick Offerman's 10 Secrets to Life

Nick Offerman, beloved by the internet as Ron F’ing Swanson, wrapped up his nationwide college tour on April 20th in New Orleans. Offerman was sans both his iconic ‘stache and hair, but made up for it with the classiest American flag button-up that I’ve ever seen. The show, aptly dubbed “American Ham,” was a mixture of comedic personal stories, acoustic ballads about everything from religion to pot, and 10 life lessons that only Ron Swanson himself could give.

#1 – Engage in romantic love.

Offerman, a self-proclaimed “sappy, romantic lover,” spoke of the importance of snagging yourself a mate and letting yourself fall in love. Offerman spoke incredibly highly of his wife, “the crazy Jug Festival that is Megan Mullally,” who he’s been married to for 12 years.

“As a Hollywood couple, you’d expect us to be heading down to the Whiskey-A-Go-Go with the Sheen family or shooting up with the Kardashian clan,” Offerman said.

Instead, the couple enjoys staying home, watching HGTV, completing jigsaw puzzles, and “doing a shitload of cocaine while we puzzle for days.” Offerman says that you’ve got to make love a priority in your life. If you put your acting job above your relationship, even if you win an Oscar, he can tell you from experience “an Oscar is not a comfortable sexual partner, no matter which way you stick it.”

#2 – Say please and thank you.

“I don’t care if you’re a network executive or a fan of Two and a Half Men, the lowest, we are all equal brothers and sisters” said Offerman, who also placed Hitler and Jerry Gergich at the bottom rung of life.

#3 – Carry a handkerchief.

“My dad always told me to wear a clean, white t-shirt everyday and always carry a handkerchief,” to which young Nick would reply, “Dad, I’m not gonna wear a white t-shirt everyday ‘cause it looks more bitchin’ to have a little chest bush exposed…sir.”

Offerman then pulled out his handkerchief (rose petals in a field of taupe), and played, well, the only handkerchief song I’ve ever heard. According to him, you can use them for anything from wiping down prints during a B&E to wiping ejaculate from your chin.

Continue reading the rest of the list at UPROXX