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Airbnb Reviews from Tent City

Airbnb Reviews from Tent City



Hello, friends. How are you? What have you been up to? Hey, why aren’t you talking? Hello? Friend? Wait a minute this IS A MANNEQUIN DRESSED AS YOU. Oh, there you are! Ha! You got me. I totally fell for it. Good one. Where did you get a mannequin?

Friends, I’m sure I don’t need to tell you that the line for Big Blue Madness tickets is in up and running and Tent City is in full force. If you’ve never been to Tent City, it’s kind of like Bonnaroo for the types of people you might see at your local barber shop. You have to get there early to get in line or you’re sunk — and getting a good place in line isn’t easy. That’s why it’s fortunate, then, that the hip new app Airbnb has begun to list open tent spaces in Tent City for those seeking accommodations. If you’re not familiar with Airbnb, it essentially allows you rent a room, a house, a space or just a bed for the night from someone who has an extra one open, and for a predetermined fee. But what spaces are available on Airbnb for Tent City 2014? And how are the reviews? Let’s look at some potential candidates in a piece we’ll call Airbnb Reviews from Tent City, shall we, and see if there are any deals out there? Enjoy, friends, and I’ll see you here next week.


Orange Tent, Northwest Corner
About this listing:
Spacious mylar tent sleeps three, offers moon flap and vented windows. Easy access in and out, light and airy.
Accommodates: 3
Nearest Restroom: 45 feet
“Not bad, close to Qdoba”
images-1images-1images-1images-1 by Marion P.
Linda and Tad were great hosts; they had Nutri-Grain bars and Capri-Suns for when we needed a snack and they really made us feel at home. Comfortable, warm. Will be back. Four stars.


Peaceful Oasis in Tent City, Close to Memorial
About this listing: Large, comfortable four-person dome tent, 63 square feet, with fiberglass poles and WeatherTec moisture repellent system.
Check-in time: 2:00 pm
Pet-friendly: No
“Great tent except for Gary”
images-1images-1images-1 by Jennifer H.
Was recommended to this tent by friends. Very nice tent but host Gary kept trying to hold my hand. Woke in the middle of the night to him watching me sleep; insisted on calling the tent “Smoochville” and trying to kiss me as he claimed to be the “Mayor of Smoochville.” Good tickets not worth this. Some underwear may still be missing. Avoid at all costs.


Great Spot for Superfans, Center of Tent City
About this listing: True Blue fans host other Wildcat supporters in six-person tent with zippered doors and cushioned tarp floor. Wind-resistent walls/roof.
Accepts Credit Cards?: Yes
Cancellation policy: 24 hour notice
“Perfect for Willie Cauley-Stein fans”
images-1images-1images-1 by Charles O.
Debra and Steve seemed really cool at first, big fans of Willie Cauley-Stein; later in the evening they started showing me pictures they drew of Willie as a half-man, half-dragon and reading fan fiction about him as a space wizard in love with a human woman named “Moonwolf” (clearly supposed to be Debra). When they told me they’d pay me $5,000 if I kidnapped him I called a friend to come pick me up. They are keeping my deposit and I’m okay with that.


Luxury Camping Above-Ground
About this listing: Heavy-duty polymer material, rainfly, metal pole support, sky-vue window
Minimum Stay: 1 night
Meals: No
“Wayne Just Tried to Kill Me”
images-1images-1 by Brad M.
Can somebody please tell the police I’m in the back of a truck tent and my host wayne just told me tried to give me a WILDCATS 2014 tattoo with a paperclip and when I refused he said he was going to murder me i convinced him to let me have time to write this review and im using it as my message for help im behind the papa johns please somebody help me two stars will not use this location again


Compact and Cozy
About this listing: Petite turnkey tent with great Memorial Coliseum view; friendly host.
Smoking: No
Accommodates: 1
“This Tent is for a Dog”
images-1 by Lawrence P.
Do not be fooled by the photo; this is a tent made for a dog. The picture is of a small dog, not a regular size tent with just a very large dog, like I thought. It is a very misleading picture and if you are a normal-sized human this is not the tent for you. The dog is very cute, however. And the view of Memorial is nice.That part is accurate.


De-stress and relax in peace!
About this listing: Woven polymer material, rain/wind resistant
Bed: None
“What is this thing?”
(no stars) by Shane T.
Too small. I want my money back. Body got cold during night. I better get great tickets for this. Next year will be getting in line early, with my own tent.

Edge of Tomorrow vs. YouTube Commenters – Who Ya Got?

Edge of Tomorrow vs. YouTube Commenters – Who Ya Got?



This is a post about a movie, and how that movie was made. But it’s really a post about YouTube comments.

Earlier this week, someone forwarded me a video featuring nearly five minutes of behind the scenes footage from the Tom Cruise sci-fi action flick, Edge of Tomorrow. If you haven’t seen Edge of Tomorrow, it was sneakily one of the summer’s most entertaining movies and currently enjoys a 90% Fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes. Tom Cruise delivers one of the best and most physical performances of his career, which is amazing when you consider the fact that the man is 52-years old but doesn’t look like he’s aged a day since he jumped on Oprah’s couch nearly 10 years ago. Emily Blunt proves she’s got the chops to hold her own with one of the biggest action stars in the world. And director Doug Liman shows an eye for filming visceral action scenes that he hasn’t really displayed since he helmed The Bourne Identity. Not bad for a movie that best can be described as Groundhog Day meets Starship Troopers.

Despite all that, Edge of Tomorrow is probably the most overlooked $364 million-grossing movie in recent memory (nearly $100 million of that is from U.S. box office receipts). In fact, when it hit the DVD and VOD market a couple of weeks ago, I was surprised to see the movie is now being marketed as Live. Die. Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow, a reference to the tagline featured in the film’s original trailer. According to Variety, the studio was eager to rebrand the film in hopes of attracting an audience who may have missed the movie during its theatrical run. It’s not the first movie to undergo a dramatic shift in marketing after leaving theaters, but it’s certainly one of the most high-profile.



Anyway, back to that behind the scenes video. It’s a fascinating look at the making of many of the movie’s most explosive action sequences, and is notable for the fact that the production seems to employ practical effects over CGI far more often than most big-budget sci-fi and fantasy movies these days. I really enjoyed the opportunity to pull back the curtain on how a multi-million dollar spectacle is made. And then, either because I got so wrapped up in the experience I didn’t realize what I was doing or because I’m an idiot who enjoys self-harm, I made the mistake of scrolling down and reading some of the YouTube comments below the video. I’ll bet you can guess what happened next.



SHADE ALERT! Ugggghhh! Stupid Hobbit trilogy. Why couldn’t Peter Jackson just cast a bunch of ACTUAL Hobbits and REAL Orcs and AUTHENTIC spell-casting wizards and LEGIT 25-story-tall ancient fire-breathing dragons and shoot on location at the GENUINE Mordor instead of filming everything against a stupid green screen?! What a loser.



What do you mean “what exactly is this supposed to teach our children?” It’s supposed to teach them that, when time-altering, bug-like aliens invade our planet, they better be ready to don militarized exoskeletons, arm themselves to the teeth with anything that shoots bullets, and fight like hell for the fate all of mankind! Also, I hate to break it to you, neat4lyfe1982, but this isn’t a TV show. It’s a movie. You think Tom Cruise works on TV shows? Please. We may be living in the Golden Age of TV, but there’s no way Maverick is slumming it on the small screen. You know who stars in TV shows about alien invasions? Noah Wyle, that’s who. And Tom Cruise is no Noah Wyle.



Now wait a damn minute! You mean to tell me that those projectiles we see flying dangerously close to the well-coifed and heavily insured heads of Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt aren’t actually armed with warheads?! Well now I’ve heard it all! If you can’t trust Hollywood filmmakers these days to fire live, military-grade, murder missiles at pampered movie stars during the filming of a heavily commercialized, mass-distributed piece of fiction, who can you trust?



Right?! I feel ya, buddy. All jokes aside, I can’t even wrap my head around how they manage the Craft Services table on a movie this big, much less how they choreograph one of these crazy action sequences. Like, is there a list of specific treats that each member of the cast and crew prefers, or does someone just hand a PA $100 and tell him to run down to the candy and chip aisle at Costco and go nuts? And does the table run on a first-come-first-served basis, or are the snacks refreshed throughout the day? Are we talking about bottomless bowls of Twizzlers and Peanut M&Ms, or if, say, Bill Paxton is busy shooting a scene all morning and then comes scrounging for some candy after the extras have had their way with the table and hoovered everything in sight, is he just out of luck? So many mysteries, man.



Acting is hard, bro. But that’s what separates the men from the boys. They don’t pay The Cruise-meister the big bucks to awkwardly glance into the camera in the middle of every take. That’s why the cast of The Office does what they do and Tom Cruise lives in a mansion made of gold bricks.



The internet, everybody. Let’s hear it for the internet.






Remixing the Billboard Top Ten

Remixing the Billboard Top Ten


With so much selection for streaming and downloading music and news, you can avoid those pesky songs and advertisements that really grind your gears–even the most popular ones.

Or can you?!

Some tunes become so ubiquitous (and catchy..) everywhere you turn there’s a new lip dub video for XYZ (I’m looking at you Transy Sigs.)

Obviously, those tend to fall into the Billboard Hot 100 category, and today, female pop stars are dominant.

#1  Meghan Trainor  “All About that Bass”

#2  Taylor Swift  “Shake It Off”

#3  Nicki Minaj  “Anaconda”

#4  Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj  “Bang Bang”

#5  Rita Ora & Iggy Azalea  “Black Widow”

#6  Sam Smith  “Stay With Me”

#7  MAGIC!  “Rude

#8  Ariana Grande ft. Zedd  “Break Free”

#9  Maroon 5  “Maps”

#10  Sia  “Chandelier”

Here are my feelings on much of the top-ten:



┓┏┓┏┓┃ /      Shake


┓┏┓┏┓┃         It


┓┏┓┏┓┃         Off


┓┏┓┏┓┃         She


┻┻┻┻┻┻         Said 

Haters gonna hate hate hate hate, this song is in my head head head head head.

I’m here to give you a new take on these songs, with the best remixes floating around on the Internet. I scoured YouTube and Soundcloud high and low, looking for sounds that your last choice wedding DJ (who frequents Richmond’s hottest club) couldn’t muster–I had some success!

Sia’s “Chandelier” and Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” not surprisingly provided the highest-quality house mixes, but HOLD UP, Maroon 5–hate you, but I loved your “Maps” remixes. The fact that young people associate this song title with Adam Levine and not Karen O is still beyond horrific.

If you’re into trap music (I’m sure you are…) “Black Widow” was a popular choice, and featured three fun, fist-pumpin’ mixes.

Now, I’m just going to go ahead and apologize for the “All About That Bass” and “Anaconda” remixes being included in this playlist. They’re not that bad. Well, they’re the best that was available. It was challenging.

Here’s the top-ten chart tracks, with a unique twist added by each producer, giving new perspective on a song you already loved/loathed/tolerated your daughter screeching in the car.

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Vin Diesel as Other Famous Movie Trees

He’s not just Groot.

In this not entirely safe for work supercut, Vin Diesel/Treesel shows off the versatility of his timber side, playing several, more aggressive versions of famous film trees. And hey, it’s not just Treebeard.

Saturday Night Live – Season 40 – What We Know So Far

Saturday Night Live – Season 40 – What We Know So Far

Michael Che

On September 27, 2014, NBC will begin the 40th season of Saturday Night Live.  40 years of “Live From New York, It’s Saturday Night!”  While some people say that the show isn’t what it used to be, or that it has been on the air well past its prime, you may be right.  However the show is still going on, whether you like it or not. So at Funkhouser, we’re taking a look at some of the news items that have come down the pike leading up to the milestone season for SNL.


Weekend Update: Strong Out, Ché In


It was announced on Thursday that Cecily Strong would be no longer working as an anchor at the Weekend Update desk.  While many were upset about the change (more so that it was Strong leaving, not Colin Jost), others were excited about her replacement, Michael Ché.  Ché is a stand-up comedian who joined the SNL writing staff last season, as well as being a correspondent on The Daily Show this year.  Ché will make history as the first black Weekend Update host in SNL’s long tenure.  Check out his stand-up from Late Night With Seth Meyers:

The change was made as Lorne Michaels said in The New York Times: “It struggled to find an identity last season.”

Cecily Strong’s twitter account went through a brief period where it look like it had been taken down right after the announcement of the change.  However, she popped up on Instagram to let everyone know that it was all going to be OK:

“I don’t see this as me leaving update, just as me being on update in a looser, goofier way that is a lot more fun for me and in a way I think I’m better at. And now I get to do features with the very funny and wonderful Michael Che! No point in being angry or sad for me for something I’m genuinely happy about! Unless you are just a person who enjoys being angry or sad. Then I guess play on, playa.”

No diggity, no doubt.


Davidson – The Only New “Featured Player”, So Far…


There was a bit of a SNL cast shake-up over the summer, with the “loss” of John Milhiser, Noël Wells and Brooks Wheelan.  Nasim Pedrad also left the show so that she could co-star in the new Fox sitcom, Mulaney (Produced by Lorne Michaels, starring John Mulaney, co-creator of Stefan).  Also, Mike O’Brien had some genuinely funny moments last season, but he’s returning as a writer and not an on-air talent.  So that means we’ve got some spots to fill.  However, at this point, only one hire has been made and that’s 20 year old Pete Davidson. (As a Doctor Who fan, I thought they hired fifth doctor Peter Davison, but of course, I was wrong).

So what do we know about Pete Davidson?  Honestly, not much.  He’s a stand-up comedian out of Brooklyn, New York.  His stand-up has led him to be taken under the wing of Nick Cannon.  Cannon brought him along as a cast member of the reboot of Wild ‘n Out, the improv comedy show on MTV, where they “make up things from the top of their domes” (that’s an actual line).  Through his performance on Wild ‘n Out, Davidson has garnered appearances on MTV’s Guy Code, Adam Devine’s House Party and Brooklyn Nine-Nine.  He also had a stand-up set on Jimmy Kimmel earlier this year:

Good Luck, Pete!


SNL Bringing The Hosts Early - Everything is Awesome!


It was also announced on Thursday that our Star-Lord, Chris Pratt will be the host for the premier episode of the 40th season.  NBC loves, as does Funkhouser, some Chris Pratt.  He seems to be a genuinely funny guy and will be down for any of the silly situations that they put him in.  The star of Guardians of the Galaxy will also be joined by the musical guest on his episode, Ariana Grande, so there’s that.

In the second episode of the season, SNL will be bringing back an alum of the show.  Sarah Silverman will be the host on the October 4th episode, with other NBC favorite, Maroon 5 as the musical guest.  Sarah Silverman, who recently won an Emmy for her special, “We Are Miracles”, has some potential for “make sure you watch it live,” because, well, she’s Sarah Silverman.

UPDATE (12:22 PM): It has just been announced that Bill Hader will host the October 11th episode of SNL.  Hader has been working with Amy Schumer on a movie called Trainwreck, which is set to hit theaters in 2015.  In the movie, his best friend is played by LeBron James (as LeBron James).  The musical guest is Hozier, who had a hit in “Take Me To Church” on the Alt. charts.  So get ready for some Stefon on October 11th, because I’ll be watching at New York’s Hottest Club, “Booooooooof” with narcoleptic club owner Snoozin’ Lucci.

Saturday Night Live had a tough run of hosts last year.  There were some that you thought might actually surprise you, in my case, Jim Parsons.  Nope, that episode was a big ole’ stinker.  It could have possibly been the worst episode of the season.  So SNL is bringing out some big guns for the first three episodes of the year, letting some strong comedic actors do some heavy lifting, while Ché and Davidson get settled into their roles.

There will also be a three-hour primetime special in honor of the 40th season, which is sure to be some giant retrospective of the series.  Expect former cast members to appear, as well as clips from the 40 years of Saturday Night Live.


What We Don’t Know… (Updated Because We Now Know…)


Just a little over a month ago, the world lost one of the greatest voices in television history, Mr. Don Pardo.  Saturday Night Live certainly will not be the same without him.  Lorne Michaels has said that there will be a tribute planned for Pardo, as well.  That being said, there is going to have to be someone to be the new voice of the late night sketch show.  No announcements have been made yet, but I have a strong feeling that they’ll bring in long-time SNL Writer and voice of the Tonight Show, Steve Higgins…

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon - Season 5

Higgins has still lent his voice over the years to Saturday Night Live to cold open intros, among other things. He’s still been a part of SNL all this time, and his voice would be an easy transition, since it’s something you’re used to hearing on the program.  But, that’s all speculation.  We’ll find out the answer on September 27th, the date of the season premier.  (UPDATE: Darrell Hammond has been announced as the new voice of SNL.)

Are you looking forward to season 40 of Saturday Night Live?  Who would be your ideal guest for the show?

Seventeen Movie Soundtracks You Need to Own Right Now

Seventeen Movie Soundtracks You Need to Own Right Now


With the smash Guardians of the Galaxy essentially walking off the summer blockbuster crown for 2014, ticket sales are starting to wind down a bit as the film runs its course. Still making the rounds is the Guardians soundtrack, which has topped Billboard charts at number one and still sits high at number three after six weeks. Surely the soundtrack — which boasts classic rock and soul from the likes of The Runaways, Marvin Gaye and Redbone — is the most successful single soundtrack in recent months, perhaps even years. But the smash soundtrack — or even the very well-cobbled soundtrack — certainly is nothing new in 2014. Let’s take a look at a gaggle of must-have movie soundtracks, soundtracks that you should own and some which might surprise you.



Forrest Gump (1994)

Few film soundtracks have made their way into as many collections over the past thirty years as the eras-spanning collection found on the two-disc Forrest Gump soundtrack. Winding its way, like its titular hero, from Elvis Presley’s 50′s to Bob Seger’s early 80′s, it’s as much a history lesson as a damn good compendium of American music.
Come for: “Volunteers,” Jefferson Airplane
Stay for: “Sloop John B,” The Beach Boys


Saturday Night Fever (1977)

Whether you like disco or not, it’s impossible to argue that the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack isn’t a master class on the short-lived genre. A host of Bee Gees songs dominate the track list, as it probably should, but sprinkled in are great gems from Kool and the Gang and K.C. & the Sunshine band as well. It’s a fine set o’ tunes. Even if disco’s dead.
Come for: “Night Fever,” The Bee Gees
Stay for: “Night on Disco Mountain,” David Shire

Unknown-12America Graffiti (1973)

George Lucas’ valentine to 1950′s America has a soundtrack that’s possibly even more encompassing than the massively famous cast itself. If you want the definitive, A-to-Z lesson on all rock and blues in the 50′s, this is absolutely it. Buy it for yourself,  your children, your grandchildren. It’s simply music everyone should have in the arsenal.
Come for: “Chantilly Lace,” The Big Bopper
Stay for: “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes,” The Platters

Pulp Fiction (1994)Unknown-13

What, you thought the Pulp Fiction soundtrack wouldn’t make the must-have list? Shame on you. While Tarantino practically invented the organic “soundtrack event” with the Reservoir Dogs soundtrack, he blew out the entire concept while (admittedly) writing specific tracks into various specific scenes of the film. Put it on and let it play.
Come for: “If Love is a Red Dress,” Maria McKee
Stay for: “Flowers on the Wall,” The Statler Brothers

Goodfellas (1990)Unknown-10

Martin Scorsese is an absolute expert at two things: making movies and picking soundtracks for those movies. His selections for the mob autobiography Goodfellas captures both the romance of Henry Hill’s early forays into the 50′s mafia and continue to the frenetic 1970′s end of his run. All is accounted for here, combining for a musical experience as strong as the movie itself.
Come for: “Rags to Riches,” Tony Bennett
Stay for: “Mannish Boy,” Muddy Waters

Unknown-14The Blues Brothers (1980)

The Blues Brothers was an SNL character film that somehow broke free and ended up as one of the great action-comedies of all time. It’s also, as the Belushi and Aykroyd were themselves, a sound delivery system of blues, gospel and soul music. Upbeat and solid, the soundtrack is all high points from old-school masters.
Come for: “The Old Landmark,” James Brown
Stay for: “Minnie the Moocher,” Cab Calloway

O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) Unknown-15

Under the guidance of Grammy-winner T-Bone Burnett, the soundtrack to the Coen Brothers’ Odysseus-esque, Depression-era comedy became the go-to collection for the hippest folks in the room. A great combo of folk music, bluegrass, blues and country, the soundtrack is alternately peaceful, deep and funny.
Come for: “Down to the River to Pray,” Allison Krauss
Stay for: “Big Rock Candy Mountain,” Harry McClintock




(500) Days of Summer (2009)

Feeling twee? Here ya go. Whether you thought the Deschanel/Gordon-Levitt indie darling was deserving of its praise or not, it’s got a strong soundtrack. From Temper Trap to Hall & Oates, it’s a good mix of alternately moody and sunny sounds to wear your porkpie hat or Che Guevara Urban Outfitters t-shirt to.
Come for: “Here Comes Your Man,” The Pixies
Stay for: “Us,” Regina Spektor


Rushmore (1999)

Whether you love Wes Anderson or not — and he can be divisive — the man knows how to put a soundtrack together. Rushmore’s is heavy on the British Invasion, sprinkling Mark Mothersbaugh’s distinctive score among tracks by The Who, The Kinks, Cat Stevens and The Faces. Eclectic, rousing and positive, like all Anderson soundtracks.
Come for: “A Quick One While He’s Away,” The Who
Stay for: “Making Time,” The Creation


Mallrats (1995)

In collating the Mallrats soundtrack, director Kevin Smith put together a strong sampling of dissenting, almost tongue-in-cheek mall-rock to match up with the comedy. It’s not a lot of “big hits,” but each sounds like it could have been. Bonus: for a long time it was the only place to get Weezer’s “Suzanne,” which in my opinion is absolutely one of the band’s greatest songs.
Come for: “Line Up,” Elastica
Stay for: “Build Me Up Buttercup,” The Goops

Belly (1998)Unknown-9

A gritty soundtrack to pair with Hype Williams’ gritty urban drama about crime and drugs, Belly is a great cross-section of turn-of-the-millenium hip-hop with a who’s who kind of lineup. A lot of credit here goes to Sean “Puffy” Combs, or whatever he called himself back then, for bringing some big hitters in for a strong soundtrack.
Come for: “Grand Finale,” DMX, Method Man, Nas and Ja-Rule
Stay for: “Windpipe,” Wu-Tang Clan

Unknown-7Clueless (1995)

I can hear you laughing, and you’re wrong. Whatever you think this soundtrack might be like, I guarantee it’s better than you think. 90′s pop-hipsters like Supergrass, Cracker, Counting Crows, Jill Sobule and Luscious Jackson combine for a high-energy collection that deserves a place in any music collection.
Come for: “Fake Plastic Trees,” Radiohead
Stay for: “All the Young Dudes,” World Party


The Breakfast Club (1985)

While the premier teen 1980′s movie may not have the greatest 80′s soundtrack, bear in mind that there really weren’t a lot of 80′s movies that did boast a great hits-filled 80′s soundtrack. You’ll be very pleased with what’s here, though, and you’ll recognize it when you hear it. Plus — c’mon — “(Don’t You) Forget About Me?” If you hate that, you’re simply a monster. A monster!
Come for: “We Are Not Alone,” Karla DeVito
Stay for: “Fire in the Twilight,” Wang Chung


Beautiful Girls (1996)Unknown-1

If you’ve seen this movie, I don’t have to tell you how special and great and underseen by the rest of your friends it is. The same can be said about the soundtrack. Warm, stacked and (I daresay) even romantic, the wealth of really solid tracks and artists on the Beautiful Girls soundtracks is stellar, from The Spinners to the Afghan Wigs. Really, check it out.
Come for: “Me and Mrs. Jones,” Billy Paul
Stay for: “Beth,” Kiss

So I Married an Axe Murderer (1993)Unknown

Two versions of alt-classic “There She Goes” bookend this soundtrack — one by the Boo Radleys and the original by the La’s — but its filled out by a Toad the Wet Sprocket, Chris Whitley and the Darling Buds. Plus it features Big Audio Dynamite II’s “Rush,” which is simply one of the greatest songs of all time. That’s really all you need to know.
Come for: “Two Princes,” The Spin Doctors
Stay for: “Saturday Night,” Ned’s Atomic Dustbin

BASEketball (1998)Unknown-4

The ska/swing movement left us almost as soon as it began, but if you’re having trouble locating all your Less Than Jake or Skank’n Pickle albums these days, just pick up the soundtrack to Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s BASEketball for all your ska and big band needs. And Reel Big Fish covers A-Ha’s  “Take On Me,” which is worth the price of admission.
Come for: “Jump In Line,” Cherry Poppin’ Daddies
Stay for: “Don’t Hate Me Because I’m Beautiful,” Nerf Herder

Unknown-1Urban Cowboy (1980)

Go ahead and laugh, but this is could easily fit into the “must-haves” list based on its late 70′s/early 80′s country pedigree alone. Get this lineup: Bob Seger. Boz Scaggs. Jimmy Buffett. The Charlie Daniels Band. The Eagles. It might as well be called “Now That’s What I Call Easy Listening Country Music 1979!” Why are you still sitting here? Go. GO!
Come for: “Lookin’ for Love,” Johnny Lee
Stay for: “Here Comes the Hurt Again,” Mickey Gilley

Apparently Carlton Banks Knows More Than One Dance

Apparently Carlton Banks Knows More Than One Dance


Monday night was the season premier of Dancing With The Stars on ABC. This season, the cast of “stars” include such names as Randy Couture, Lolo Jones, Michael Waltrip and Antonio Sabato, Jr.  However, the breakout performer after Monday night’s debut episode is one Mr. Alfonso Ribeiro.  You may know him as the host of Game Show Network’s “Catch 21″ -OR- you might remember him as the tied-sweater around the neck wearing, Carlton Banks from Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.  And it’s very easy to say that Alfonso killed it last night, check it out:

Ribeiro racked up the highest score of the night with a 36/40.  You know it must be gratifying for ole’ Carlton to have success on Dancing With The Stars after being known for just one dance his entire life.  Any time you normally see the face of Alfonso Ribeiro, all you can think of are the tones of Tom Jones’ “It’s Not Unusual”, and Ribeiro doing the “Carlton Dance”.  But good for him, hopefully he will stay on the show long enough for them to make him to do the “Carlton”, and looking at the cast list, I’m sure he’ll be on for the remainder of the series.  That is, if he can figure out the treadmill…



Morning Monologue – Babs is Back Baby

Morning Monologue – Babs is Back Baby


1963.  That was the last time Barbra Streisand was a guest on the Tonight Show.  Johnny Carson became the host of the Tonight Show in 1962 and hosted the program for 30 years.  During that time, Streisand appeared just once, and then never again.  But last night, September 16th, 2014, Babs returned to the NBC chat show to promote her new duets album, titled “Partners”.  In the new album, she performs duets with artists such as: Babyface, Josh Groban, Blake Shelton, Elvis Presley and Michael Buble.

Last night on the Tonight Show, Jimmy didn’t completely get Streisand out of her shell.  I mean, you would have thought she would be up for anything after doing a mother/son road trip movie with Seth Rogen, but whatever.  I guess Babs wasn’t up for beer pong, Egg Russian Roulette, or reliving her time on Jacob’s Patience.  However, Jimmy and Barbra performed a series of duets, with Fallon playing some of the famous musicians from the album.  Check it out:

Streisand then goes on to sit behind the Tonight Show desk and critique Jimmy’s singing, as well as talks about her last Tonight Show appearance:


Because who wouldn't game with Wesley Crusher? (h/t


Because who wouldn't game with Wesley Crusher? (h/t

Because who wouldn’t game with Wesley Crusher? (h/t

While we’re all waiting on The Walking Dead to return (with a mixture of anticipation, excitement, and a wee bit of dread), I’ll bet I’m not alone in trying hard to find activities for the non-football hours of the weekend.  My solution has been tabletop games and this weekend alone I’ve played Scrabble, Cards Against Humanity, Settlers of America (A Settlers of Catan offshoot that puts you in Frontier America), and Eldritch Horror.  It’s been an awesome weekend.

I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in my love of tabletop gaming.  In fact, the more people my age I talk to, the more I seem to find that at least 50% of you out there are secret fans of board games.  It may sound ultra-nerdy to spend one of your precious weekend days learning how to play a game that’s going to take you and your friends 4-8 hours to play, but it’s… well it is, but it’s so much fun, I swear!  With games like Settlers of Catan you can spend the day being ultra-competitive, hoarding resources.  If you like a particular TV show or movie, there’s probably a board game counterpart.

From the licensed titles to original games, there are so many good board and card games out there to play, and a whole lot more on the horizon.  After a few hours scouring Google and Kickstarter (a haven for cool tabletop games) I found what I think are six of the coolest looking upcoming games:


6.  GHOULASH (Ghoulash)

Ghoulash started out as a paper adventure game and has now been fleshed out into a full fledged card-drawing adventure game.  In it, the Earth has been invaded by Ghouls, giant green goo monsters.  They can only be destroyed by a chemical substance called ‘Ghoo’.  When you’re able to destroy the Ghouls, they explode in a fiery mess of green goo blobs called… you guessed it… Ghoulash.  The game is for 2-4 players, and each player controls one of the world’s pre-eminent Ghoul hunters.  You draw situation cards that guide you through the game where you have to not only destroy the monstrous slimers, but you have to protect Innocent Bystanders.  This looks like an entertaining (and probably shorter!) version of the classic card-drawing, cooperative game.


5. Stuff and Nonsense (Cheapass Games)

Stuff and Nonsense is another card game, but one that feels more like a game called Wadjet, or Clue to me.  The game centers around a group of would-be explorers, who trollop around London collecting artifacts to use as “proof” of their extensive expeditions abroad.  A game for 2-6 players, you gain points by trading in artifacts and other items you collect to the explorer’s club.  There’s not so much a mystery involved (it sounds like) but the card collection aspect should be fun for people who enjoy this type of game.


4.  Rouges to Riches (Grow Giant Games)

Rouges to Riches is described as “the Storytelling Card Game for the Criminally Imaginative.”  In the same vein as competitive cards games like Magic: The Gathering, Rouges to Riches looks incredible for it’s imaginative gameplay.  From the description (the game won’t come out until a while after the Kickstarter Campaign ends) it sounds like you have to collect a bunch of different kinds of cards in order to pull off a specific heist.  One of the cooler aspects of the game are the ‘blank’ cards in which you get to write in your own ‘gear and traps.’  In the example video, the guy uses a flaming 2 x 4 and a bear costume to break into a tavern to steal a ‘valuable sandwich,’ “made with the meats of extinct animals.”  If you like ridiculous, absurd humor this sounds like the game for you.


3.  Slap .45 (Gnarwhal Studios)

Slap .45 is, you guessed it, another Card based game.  But, unlike some of the other games on this list Slap .45 is a quick moving, SlapJack style game where the speed of your hands is the most important asset you have.  A game for 3.7 players, the point is to protect your outlaw gang and get rid of all of the others through a series of “shootouts.”  Different gangs have different advantages, and you have to change your strategy (shooting an enemy outlaw, or protecting your hideout) based on who you choose.  It sounds like it’s super quick to learn and pretty quick to play and the designs on the cards look really cool.  This looks like an intensely fun and eventually painful party game.


2.  Dead Men Tell No Tales (Minion Games)

Dead Men Tell No Tales is a cooperative game for 2-5 players where you get to be a pirate.  Not sure if pirates are still en vogue, but I think this game looks incredibly fun.  As a crew you board an enemy ship that is on fire and you have to work against time to recover as much of the booty as possible.  All of the normal pirate tropes are here and they look to make a pretty quick and exciting game.  Plus, it’s an excuse (like you need one!) to brew up a pot o’ Grog.


1.  The X-Files (IDW Games)

This is the only licensed game on the list, and I have no real idea about how this game is played.  But when you say that there’s going to be a game where 1-4 players get to control the X-Files FBI Agents and they play cooperatively against another player who gets to control the Smoking Man and his network of baddies, I’m in.  The game is supposed to concentrate on characters and plots from the first three seasons of the show.  I’m so in on this.  Abandoning Dana Scully’s insistence on withholding judgment based upon a dearth of evidence, I totally believe that this game is going to be amazing.


Bonus:  Drinking Dice (Big Footses)

These are less a game and more a great addition to any game.  These are 8 sided dice that have the numbers 1-6 and “Give a Drink” and “Take a Drink” sides.  You just replace your other game dice with these and then play normally, but drinking when it tells you to drink.  This makes any game into a drinking game.  This is, sincerely, a fan-freaking-tastic idea.


Hopefully some of, if not all, of these games will be a blast to play.  Besides, if you get a pair of the bonus dice, it’ll make even the most boring game in the world a blast (eventually!).  Do you have any games you’re really looking forward to?  Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @FunkhouserKSR or @KalanKucera.

Can You Name These 14 Movies Recreated with Stock Footage?

Dissolve — a company that provides high-quality stock video footage for use in advertising, documentaries, video games, and corporate videos — found an inventive way to promote their services. Using only footage from their library (and, admittedly, some pretty fancy editing), their team created the video above that provides the CliffsNotes-version of 14 popular movies. Despite the fact that each vignette relies primarily on images unrelated to the source material, the selected clips succeed in evoking some of the most iconic shots and scenes from each film.

The purposely ambiguous titles such as “Robot Protects a Boy from a Shinier Robot” and “Simple Fellow Runs into Success After Success” are a nice touch, too.

Most movie fans should be able to guess all 14 films referenced here, but give it a shot. I can think of a lot worse ways to spend three minutes on a slow Friday afternoon.






The (Mis)Quotable JoJo Kemp

The (Mis)Quotable JoJo Kemp

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“I’m familiar with a lot of guys, hang out with those guys. A couple of my teammates actually went to Florida, so I’m familiar with a lot of those guys. It’s going to be fun walking out with a victory and rubbing it in their faces.”

-JoJo Kemp on Saturday’s Florida game

“…Like I told him yesterday, ‘You think they’re gonna hear all that? They’re gonna hear the last five seconds of what you said’….I don’t think that was very smart.”

-UK Football Coach Stoops on JoJo Kemp’s comments about his friends who play for Florida


Hello, friends. You look well. That’s a very fashionable scarf. No, really. It’s very nice. Why is it…oh, you’re presenting on the new Apple iPhone 6 telecast? Well, good for you. No, I think people are really going to like it. It looks cool.’

Friends, I don’t need to tell you that this weekend is going to be a reality check for the Wildcats as they face the almost-always-fairly-intimidating Florida Gators. UT-Martin and Ohio may have gone down [relatively] easy, but rest assured the boys in blue and orange most certainly will not. Unfortunately, a kerfluffle has erupted in the past few days concerning a quote taken out of context by Kentucky running back JoJo Kemp, who — while joking about his high school friends from Florida — made a comment seen by the Florida football community as a shot across the bow. It’s unfortunate, but it’s not the first time the well-meaning JoJo has been misquoted to controversial extent in the media. You will probably remember these other regrettable quotes from last season in a piece we’ll call The (Mis)Quotable JoJo Kemp. Enjoy, I’ll see you next week, and Go Cats.


On Vanderbilt — November 13, 2013

Kemp: I feel really good about Saturday’s Vandy game, and I feel like everyone’s firing on all cylinders right now and that we’re really clicking. I truly believe that, just as I believe Nickelback is the greatest band in history. (laughs) I don’t really, that’s a joke. It’s not like I believe Nickelback is the greatest band in history. It would be crazy to say that, wouldn’t it? Crazy to say “Nickelback is the greatest band in history.”


On Missouri — November 4

Reporter: How do you feel about Missouri’s one-loss season so far? Does it make you nervous?
Kemp: No, no. You know, it doesn’t make me nervous. But they are good. Are they the best in the SEC? I don’t know. That’s a tough thing to definitively say, you know? You can’t just go making definitive statements until everything is said and done, right? I mean, that’s why I’m certainly not going around saying, quote, “I, JoJo Kemp, am 100% certain that America faked the moon landing,” unquote.


On Alabama State — November 1, 2013

Kemp: Do we need this win? Absolutely. Any win right now is invaluable to us. Why wouldn’t we need this win? It’s absolutely something we need at this point in time, unlike the United States Postal Service.


On South Carolina — October 2, 2013

Kemp: South Carolina’s a very strong team, but I really think we’re strong enough right now to take them down.
Reporter: It’s supposed to be hot on Saturday, how will you cope with the heat?
Kemp: (laughs) I am going to keep my water bottle full of pure spring water because I do not believe that the government should dictate whether the controlled addition of fluoride should be introduced to our potable water supply.


On Georgia — November 19, 2013

Kemp: Sure, Georgia’s good. Not as good as they usually are, but they’re good. It’ll be a fair fight but I think we’re going to come out on top. All we have to do is play the best game we can play and put some points on the board. Also, The Wire isn’t that great of a TV show.


On Alabama — October 10, 2013

Kemp: When we go out there, we’re just gonna make our routine plays and they’re gonna get scored on this week. (laughs)
Reporter: “You’re guaranteeing it?
Kemp: Oh yeah, I’m guaranteeing it.
Reporter: How many times?
Kemp: Kentucky will score 487 touchdowns.

How the Cat Lady Went Vogue

How the Cat Lady Went Vogue


“Can anyone who loves animals so much, really be crazy?”

#TBT: this was originally posted on March 7 ICYMI

Instead of rogue! Get it? Also, there will be Jennifer Lawrence AND Miley in this post. I promise, just scroll down.

We have entered a new, unique era of American history and pop culture Funkhouser–the lines are blurring, what’s old is new, quirky nerds are the new jocks, and Channing Tatum has no idea what to do about it.  The Breakfast Club partitions need not apply.

It’s a confusing time to be alive, and I can’t possibly keep up with the trends (mainly phone apps, why are there SO many phone apps?) but the one I have been tracking–the rise of the cat lady.

The “crazy cat lady” is not a new phenomena, in reality nor in fiction; the earliest film example of note being Alex DeLarge’s murder of a paranoid, hoarder cat woman in 1971′s A Clockwork Orange.

The cat lady truly rose to prominence with The Simpsons of course (like most all things) as Eleanor Abernathy shrieked and wailed her way into America’s collective heart in her first appearance on the show in 1998.

Aside from watching the occasional episode of Hoarders or My Cat From Hell (SWAT swoops in, rescues 760 tabbies from great aunt Bertha–standard) the cat+cat lady may not seem particularly present or relevant in your pop culture consumption.

Not so fast my friends–you have a bona fide cat lady here to tell you why cats–cat ownership, cat-related motifs and  literally all things cat-related (C-A-T-S CATS CATS CATS,) have become ever so in vogue these past few years.

It’s an inverse relationship. Or reciprocal. Coactive perhaps? How did I pass high school algebra!?

And yes, 99% of the blame lies with Netflix, weed , IPAs, sloth, and duh, loneliness.

Which of course, these all go hand in hand with the cats true bedfellow–the Internet.

So let’s get started on some Internet blog list making shall we?

Here’s the proof of why, how, when, where and what the cat did to take over pop culture so we can all be in the know.

25 in all.


#1 YouTube

Remember when there was no YouTube and no smartphones? Naw, me neither. Those were dark times before Charlie the Unicorn made the trek to Candy Mountain.

In the glorious year 2005, the Internet and its primary source of time-wasting videos was born, and with it came the slow death of a show that’s apparently still on the air (sans Bob Saget) America’s Funniest Home Videos. With the help of the YouTube, one can watch men getting hit in the groin and cats falling from high places to not land on their feet for uninhibited, for hours on end.

Cats have been doing weird cat things since the dawn of time.. probably. The earth is like three thousand years old or something according to Ken Ham so around that time. But now, we can record them for the amusement of others. Hooray science!

#2 LOLcat

2 years after YouTube, the Internet gave rise to yet another tool of procrastination, and thus, the profitability and popularity of the meme began.

Remember I Can Has Cheezburger? Yes, it was 7 years ago (dontcha feel old?) and no, it’s not cool anymore but it was the first forum for cat lovers to mock the grammatical mistakes of their feline friends, and it was beautiful.

One does not simply walk into Mordor not credit LOLcats and I Can Has a Cheezeburger with revolutionizing the online world and truly jumpstarting the catvolution of the 21st century.

#3 Fuggin. Hipsters.

Aside from vinyl, PBR, West Sixth IPA, fixed gear bikes, and stupid, ridiculous beards (I could go on for days ya’ll) what truly unites hipsters is cats.

Being a “dog person” is so mainstream you guys.

As a member of the 20s-30s crowd that basically has been coined the hipster generation (if you went to college for something other than biology and like music that isn’t country–hipster) I can attest that we have a lot of cats.

I’m well aware that correlation does not imply causation, hipsters may not have cats because its trendy while simultaneously, cats may not be trendy because hipsters have them, but once I determine which came first the hipster or the cat–I will let you know.


Urban Outfitters–cutting models’ faces in half since 1967

#4 Urban Outfitters

This store was a perfect segue from #3 now wasn’t it?

Urban Outfitters is a clothing store, targeting men and women in their late teens to early twenties. And what image are they trying to sell? Well, according to the management themselves–“upscale homelessness.”

YUP, pretty revolting right?

I guess they think homeless=cats these days, because when visit the overpriced, 90s grunge, hipster chic Urban Outfitters, you are met with dozens of cat tanks, shirts, sweaters, sweatshirts, jewelry–hell, they sell a Grumpy Cat stuffed animal (more on that later.)

And don’t just think these products are a result of the du jour young women of the cat crazy community, they sell almost as many cat products for men too.

cats all over

Nice cats bro. And tats.

Point. Made.

Next slide. It’s time for celebrities n’ cats brought to you by ME.


#5 Miley Cyrus

The VMAs were all about bears and the AMAs (there are WAY too many music award shows) were all about the cat.

While herself an owner of many many dogs, Miley brought out the cattitude for an emotionally wrecking performance of Wrecking Ball.

KIDDING, that crying animatronic space cat was just the weirdest. But hey, even a Disney celebrity with country music lineage can be hip these days–if she’s got cats on her side.


#6 Katy Perry

Katy Perry has a cat named Kitty Purry.  She was in the I Kissed a Girl music video. She has her own Wikia page. Katy Perry’s other cat, Monkey, could not be reached for a comment as to why he can’t be a c-e-l-e-b-r-i-t-y too. He’s got a face for radio I guess.


#7 Taylor Swift

T Swifty’s journey into the crossover world led her to try on some glasses and cat ears for her music video–22, and it wasn’t just for show.

She’s a gen-u-ine cat lady. With a purebreed cat–a Scottish Fold in fact, named Meredith. And she’s an even bigger celeb than Kitty Purry–this Scottish Fold is all over Instagram. And Tumblr. Meredith’s a star.

When asked in an interview, “When are you going to write a song about Meredith,” Swifty replied:

Oh my God, I think that would be the dumbest song in the world. I just love my cat, she is so fuzzy, she’s just a cat, She doesn’t know that people know who she is cause she’s a cat.

I’m quite certain it would still be a hit.


And look at Meredith GO!

#8 Ellen DeGeneres

Everyone loves Ellen, from hipsters to housewives–and Ellen loves her cats. More than Lindsay Bluth perhaps?

ellie cat

#9 Ellie Goulding

The British electro-popper (new phrase I coined) is even more active than Taylor Swift on the Instagram circuit, and she posts cat pictures. A. Lot. She doesn’t even have a cat, but hey–Ellie’s always on the cool radar, setting trends right and left so ofcourseshelikescatsits2014.

The half shaved head look is not Skrillex hair, it’s Ellie hair. Just FYI. She should date Deadmau5 instead. He has cats. Just kidding, have you seen him? He’s terrifying. Looks like a DJ in Winter’s Bone.

franco cat

#10 James Franco

I didn’t forget about you cat dudes, and I didn’t forget about James Franco. Along with his other degrees, Franco can add this to his résumé.

j law cat

#11 Jennifer Lawrence

The coolest girl in Hollywood, and she has a cat. Time to go to the cat store to buy a cat now Funkhouser.

#12 Tina Fey

I don’t even know if the woman owns cats, but as the standard bearer of the overachieving, single, working women of the world (despite having a husband and children in reality) Liz Lemon/Tina Fey have become synonymous with cat lady-dom.

There is even a Tumblr page dedicated to Tina Fey, surrounded by photoshopped cats. There’s one for Franco too ya know. It’s worth your time.


#13 NBC

Doesn’t the entire network just feel like one enormous dejected cat lady? From Parks & Rec, to The Office, SNL, Community–it just feels right. SNL has tackled the cat topic on several occasions, with DeNiro starring in Christmas with the Cat Lady and a somewhat recent digital short–Laser Cats.

Also, Kohl’s sells a laser cat shirt. Buy you one.


#14 Angela Martin

Yes, more NBC, I love NBC!!

Now she may not have been a “cool” character, but Angela Martin was the judgmental, hyper-Christian, tiny, blonde, cat lady prude of The Office (doesn’t every office have one of them?) and she was truly a gem; Angela truly reinvented The Simpsons’ cat lady for a new generation of comedy viewers.

Dwight may have killed one of her cats once, but it doesn’t mean he loves you any less Angela. You’re 4th after beets, bears, Battlestar Galactica.

#15 Tumblr

Back to the Internet famous stars of the cat-ernet.

Tumblr is a “micro-blogging platform and social-networking site” according to the source of all information, Wikipedia. It was founded in 2007. It currently hosts 174.2 million blogs. It is very popular for many things, but I would say first and foremost–television and celebrity fandom would be #1 (GLEEKS EVERYWHERE.) Next? Pictures of pretty cups of coffee and windmills. Then, cats.

#16 .GIF

It means Graphic Interchange Format. It’s a movin’ picture. Achieving mainstream popularity in the 2010s, cat trenders are a big fan of the gif.

#17 Vine

Recent phenomena. Cat Vines. Everywhere.


#18 Colonel Meow & Grumpy Cat

Two of the most Internet famous cats of them all, Tard the Grumpy Cat and Colonel Meow, Supreme Dictator of Catsylvania, shared their loveable negativity and totalitarianism with the world these past few years.

With thousands of memes, Twitter and Facebook accounts, and fansites, these two unassociated felines became similar kinds of stars.

Tragically, Colonel Meow passed away this January.

Jesus wept.

#19 Garfield

Who are we kidding, no one gives a $*%! about Garfield anymore. Or Nermal. Damn you Nermal.

lil bub

Two equally important superstars, just sharing a red carpet moment.

#20 Lil Bub

Lil Bub is a “perma-kitten,” a dwarf and a polydactyl cat.Her tongue always hangs out because of her short lower jaw and toothlessness but her appetite is unaffected.

Yes, that was ripped straight from Wikipedia. I admitted it, so it’s not plagiarism ok?

Another feline made Tumblr famous, Lil Bub charms time wasters everywhere with his lolling tongue, stumpy legs, and other such deformities that have made him another heartthrob of cat enthusiasts everywhere.

He also has a calendar for sale at Urban Outfitters. Of. Course.


#21 Nyan Cat

Chose the most inappropriate recreation of a Nyan Cat to share with Funkhouser. Because freedom of the press and stuff.

The original video of the flying Pop-Tart kitty with rainbows shooting from his behind was uploaded to YouTube in 2011. It shall live in infamy forever.

There are even multiple iPhone games based on his Nyan-y likeness, and they are as superb as one could imagine.

If you’ve managed to avoid the original video for 3 years, here it is again Internet.


#22 Emojis

iPhone emojis. Your 13-year old daughter loves them, and you love them. It’s both a blessing and a curse. Naturally, the 2nd edition emojis were updated to include cats in various emotional states because Apple knows how to reel you in at your weakest hour.


#23 Pusheen Cat

No idea where Pusheen the Cat came from, but he/she/it is just totes adorbs.

There is even a Catniss Pusheen.

#24 Cat Bearding

Put your cat in front of your face, make him look like your beard, take a selfie. As simple and elegant and hipstery as it sounds.


My bread cat, Tiago. Yes, I’m crazy.

#25 Bread Cat

Take cat. Put bread on face. Put on Internet. I chose this as the last in our series of how the cat, the cat lady, and the cat gentleman became the coolest of fads, in dress, web-surfing, and simple awesomeness.

That photo is of my cat, Tiago, celebrating a big Kentucky WildCAT win over Louisville. And my friend holding him (who did not consent to being on KSR.)

Thank you for your time. If I convinced one person to check out an Urban Outfitters cat shirt, then I have won this day.

Have a Happy Caturday Eve.


Transy Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity Going Viral With Taylor Swift Lip Dub

Transy Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity Going Viral With Taylor Swift Lip Dub

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The former “Battle on Broadway” opponent for UK Basketball, Transylvania University, is going viral with a video from one of its Greek organizations.  The brothers of Delta Sigma Phi have put together a single-shot lip-dub of Taylor Swift’s song “Shake It Off.”  The video has had over 40,000 views over the past three days, and is getting picked up by many outlets.

Like Swift shows in her original video for the song, the dancing might not necessarily be the best part of the video, but the coordination it took to put this video together in just one take is quite impressive.  This is not the first lip dub video that the fraternity has done, but certainly the first single-shot video in their arsenal.  So here it is, who are the better dancers: Taylor Swift or the Delta Sigma Phi guys?


Noontime Monologue – Family Feud Edition

Noontime Monologue – Family Feud Edition


There are few arguments in the history of mankind that are as heated as: “Who is the greatest host of Family Feud.” First, lets go ahead and rule out John O’Hurley, Richard Karn and Louie Anderson… those were some dark days in the history of Family Feud.  So, now you’re left with Steve Harvey, Ray Combs and Richard Dawson.  At this point, it’s like asking, “Who’s your favorite Doctor from Doctor Who?”  I grew up watching Ray Combs, he’s always been my favorite.  Richard Dawson is known for being the creepy kisser, but he was a great host.  But, it pains me to say that Steve Harvey might be the greatest Family Feud host of all time.

Last night, Harvey was a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,  On the show, Harvey hosts “The Tonight Show Family Feud” pitting Fallon, Higgins and Jason Segel against The Roots.  It gets crazy, quickly, and one of the best segments on the Tonight Show in a while.


The Legend of D.B. Cooper in Pop Culture

The Legend of D.B. Cooper in Pop Culture


“D.B. Cooper was 43 when we first heard his name, 47 miles away from where he fell down to his fame.  But he told me that the hardest part wasn’t really jumping out of that plane.  It was spending the night, watching police lights shine down through the pouring rain.”

Todd Snider – “D.B. Cooper”

The legend that is D.B. Cooper reached the Kentucky Sports Radio airwaves on Monday as Matt, Ryan and Shannon discussed the strange disappearance. On November 24, 1971, a man who purchased his airline ticket with the name “Dan Cooper” extorted a $200,000 ransom and jumped out of a plane to never be seen again. In 1980, $5,800 in bills from the ransom money was found, which piqued interest in Cooper once again, but just led to more questions. Over the years, many suspects have been brought forward, many of which are looking for publicity or making a dying declaration.  However, most of the suspects have been ruled out over the years.  You can listen to Matt talk about the story of D.B. Cooper on the second hour of yesterday’s podcast by clicking here.


The legend of D.B. Cooper is so fantastical that it brings so many possibilities to the table in the world of television and cinema.  Many times over the years, Hollywood has drawn from the D.B. Cooper story.  Episodes involving D.B. Cooper have taken place in shows such as Charlie’s Angels, Quincy M.E., The Fall Guy, Barnaby Jones and Numb3rs, just to name a few. However, there are some shows and movies that took the D.B. Cooper story to further lengths.

Without A Paddle (2004)


After Matt discussed the D.B. Cooper story at the top of the second hour on Monday, many callers phoned the show to let him know about the movie, Without a Paddle. The premise behind the movie is that three friends go on the hunt for D. B. Cooper in honor of a friend who recently died.  They run into a mountain man named Del, played by Burt Reynolds who claims to have been Cooper’s partner before the disappearance. The guys eventually discovered the Cooper burned the money to keep himself warm. The movie received a 14% on Rotten Tomatoes, and while it’s not Plan 9 From Outer Space bad, it’s pretty serviceable as most mid-range comedies were in the 2003-2006 period.

Prison Break (2005-2009)


I will argue with anyone that disagrees that Prison Break season one might be one of the greatest individual television seasons of all time.  Prison Break was a drama on Fox in which a brother planned to get himself put in prison in order to break his sibling out of death row. Covered in tattoos with a cryptic map of the prison on his body, Michael Scofield spends the first season using those tattoos to break his way out.  Over the course of the season, Scofield makes necessary allies, one of which goes by the name Charles Westmoreland, who claims to be D.B. Cooper.  In a plot point to give season two a reason, during an escape attempt, Westmoreland says that it was actually $5 Million he stole in the 1971 hijacking, and told the boys where it was buried.  Again, if you haven’t watched season one of Prison Break, stop reading and come back after you’ve finished… we’ve got time.

NewsRadio (1998)

In a sad season of NewsRadio, season five was the final season after losing Phil Hartman. During season five, NewsRadio did a three episode story arc where the station owner, Jimmy James (Stephen Root) was accused and arrested as D.B. Cooper. Over the arc, Jimmy escapes jail and goes on “The Lam”.  In the final episode of the arc, Jimmy is cleared of the charges when Adam West, playing himself, confesses to the crime.  While NewsRadio was never the same after losing Hartman, this story arc was a nice bit in the final season.

30 Rock

Despite a terrible Tumblr gif of the scene being the only image to add from 30 Rock, there was a nice nod to Cooper from the Fey vehicle.  In an episode, NBC page, Kenneth Ellen Parcell noted that all of his suits belong to his late father.  At which point he opened the inside of the jacket to show a patch that said D.B. Cooper.  It was a fitting touch to the character of Kenneth, who was as mysterious as any character in television history.

D.B. Cooper in Music

D.B. Cooper has popped up in a number of songs since 1971.  There was a song written by a Washington singer named Judy Sword called “D.B. Cooper: Where Are You?” just weeks after the incident happened.  Cooper also is named in Kid Rock’s Bawitdaba, as mentioned on KSR yesterday morning.  Kid Rock, as he’s talking about all the things that “this is for” says, “and for D.B. Cooper and the money he took.”  Rock Band “Senses Fail” also wrote a song on their album “Life is Not A Waiting Room” called D.B. Cooper, while not being about Cooper himself, but rather about someone who is miserable and wants to jump out of a plane.

However, my personal favorite is Todd Snider’s “D.B. Cooper”, which was quoted in the top of the post, as well as the video above.  The story of D.B. Cooper being the only person in America to presumably get away with a plane hijacking/theft is incredible.  It’s such an amazing tale that you hope that the mystery lives on forever, because those types of folklore are necessary in the world. So I’ll leave you with my feelings on D.B. Cooper, via the words of Todd Snider.

Now, some people say that he died up there, somewhere in the rain in the wind
Other people say that he got away, but then his girlfriend did him in
The law men say if he is out there, some day they’re going to drag him in
But as for me, I hope they never see ole’ D.B. Cooper again.

Todd Snider – “D.B. Cooper”