11 Questions With Demi Lovato

When Demi was at BuzzFeed last week working on a few posts (due out next week!) we asked you to send us some questions for her via Twitter. Boy, did you all oblige! Her answers below:

1. On her label and working with Simon Cowell:

Demi: I’m really happy with my label right now. We made a really great record together. The president of my label … has been so supportive of me and we’ve actually had heart-to-heart talks — I’ve seen him cry. You don’t find that in the music industry anymore. That’s why I really love my label, they care about me. They say, “If you need time off, go take time off. We’re here for you.” But! I also love Simon, and either one would be great.

2. On stage diving:

Demi: I would love to. I’ve crowd surfed a couple of times. It’s a little dangerous… [Miguel] wasn’t really a stage dive. That was… That was a mistake.

3. On video games:

Demi: I would play Nintendo 64. Princess Peach in Mario Kart. The Sea-Doo one. Bubble Blaster? Clay Fighter. I also played Grand Theft Auto.

4. On the time she yelled out the window to Ben Stiller:

Demi: I don’t know! I tweeted that I wonder if he found out I’m a musician or if he thinks I’m just a crazy girl that yelled at him. I still don’t know to this day if he bought it.

5. On romantic gestures:

Demi: There was a time where I was out of town for a couple of months — I was away — and this person would fly out every single weekend. [They’d] take the red eye Friday night, would see me for just a couple of hours on Saturday, just a couple hours on Sunday, and would fly back to be at work on Monday. He would fly out every single weekend for the amount of time I was away. I thought that was the sweetest, most caring thing that anyone has ever done for me. Yeah. You gotta know how to find ‘em. When you do, you can’t go back to dating immature guys.

6. On dog breeds (she’s allergic!):

Demi: Umm, I think I like shih tzus because I have three of them. My other dog is a mutt, and I have to be careful because I’m allergic to her. It’s gotten better now, but I always have to take Benadryl whenever I [see her].

7. On elephants, turtles, and finger monkeys:

Demi: A small elephant! Who would pick the other one? I like finger monkeys, have you ever seen those? They[‘re so small] they can wrap around your finger! But they grow up… and that’s unfortunate.

8. On this season:

Demi: Iced coffee. I’m kind of obsessed with iced coffee.

9. On a potential career on Broadway:

Demi: I have never considered doing Broadway ‘cause I have so many other dreams that I’m so passionate about — BUT I have a feeling one day I’ll end up doing it because I say that it’s not my passion. I’ll be like, “No, I’ll never do it,” and then I’ll go do it.

10. On her ever-changing hair color:

Demi: I think I’m gonna stay blonde for a while but because I said that it’ll probably change! I swear that’s how it always happens.

11. On twerking:

Demi: I do know how to twerk — but I save it for the bedroom. I feel like my twerking doesn’t need to be captured in front of the whole world. Hey, kudos to anyone that twerks in public, though!

Thanks, Demi!

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1. Depois daquela primeira mordida numa batata frita, você é arrebatado pela emoção.

2. Você fica pasmo com sua salgada perfeição. Como pode existir uma comida tão celestial na Terra?

3. Você admira o seu esplendor dourado de todos os ângulos antes de devorá-las.

4. Se lhe sobrarem algumas fritas (o que é duvidoso), você conta quantas restaram para saber caso alguém roube uma.

Se lhe sobrarem algumas fritas (o que é duvidoso), você conta quantas restaram para saber caso alguém roube uma.

Não coma. Comida do Marco!! 81 Fritas

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5. Você sofre na pele para fazê-las em casa.

6. Nada consegue detê-lo depois que você começa a comê-las.

Nada consegue detê-lo depois que você começa a comê-las.

Eu sou o tipo de cara que deixa cair ketchup na camisa e ainda continua mergulhando as batatas fritas nela sem parar de comê-las.

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7. Você acredita que não existe uma hora errada para mandar ver numas fritas.

8. Fritas pequenas? Hahahahahahahahahaha. Ha.

9. Para você, só existe um tamanho de fritas.

lol, sai pra lá

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10. E só existe um jeito de comê-las.

Spencer: [marido de Heidi] fissurado em fritas

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11. E não importa o quanto você pareça idiota, porque aparência não importa quando fritas estão presentes.

12. Você tem uma camisa igual a esta.


13. Você lida com as adversidades da seguinte maneira:

Azar, vou pedir fritas com queijo.

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14. As suas prioridades estão em boa ordem.

As suas prioridades estão em boa ordem.

Fritas antes de [caras] todos os seres humanos

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15. Você ainda assim responderia esta pergunta com um ressonante “SIM, DÃÔ.

Você ainda assim responderia esta pergunta com um ressonante "SIM, DÃÃ".

Bem vindo ao McSatã’s, gostaria de fritas com a sua danação?

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16. Este é o seu sonho virando realidade.

17. Você é otimista de que um dia os cientistas de fritas tornarão este aqui o tamanho padrão.

18. Você já pensou seriamente construir uma casa de fritas, mas provavelmente acabaria comendo a casa inteira.

19. Você é igualzinho à Jennifer Lawrence.

Estou vendo você falando, mas só consigo pensar em comer umas fritas.

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On a drizzly Thursday morning in late August, a celebrated African-American truth teller, an Indian-American academic turned stand-up, an outspoken gay football fanatic, a hoodie-wearing white guy with a tattoo of the singing hamburger from Better Off Dead, and a dozen or so other Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell writers and staffers are watching a One Direction video on YouTube.

Yesterday was the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, and apparently every celebrity alive felt compelled to mark the occasion by releasing a video describing their own dream. Some were lovely. (Terry Crews, such a sweetheart.) Most were agreeably bland. But a few were… special. For his part, Harry Styles has “a dream that one day hunger will not exist and peace will rule the earth and everyone will just get on.”

Styles’ oblivious delivery and haughty hand gestures earn a few chuckles, but Bell is worried. Making fun of boy bands is, after all, the lowest hanging fruit possible. “Maybe we should not pile on One Direction?” asks Bell, 40, clad in blue jeans and a black T-shirt. Though he’s somewhere between tired and naturally low-key, Bell is an active listener, his eyes not on any of the multiple screens in the room or buried in a notebook, but pointed directly at the various writers pitching their wares.

His staff keeps looking. An earlier clip of Mitt Romney’s MLK-inspired dreams was too generically uplifting to really dig into, so the search is on for something worthy of the group’s ire.

Bell’s Speakeasy Productions office is located on the 10th floor of a midtown Manhattan building. There are two TVs at the front of a long conference table, both connected to laptops. One of the screens shows a color-coded spreadsheet that includes segment titles “Black Batman,” “Morgan Freeman Twerk Definition,” and “Dear Black Jesus, Please Smite George Zimmerman.” The other shows a Huffington Post article about former Illinois congressman and tea party favorite Joe Walsh’s MLK-inspired dream. Walsh is an infamous crackpot, so expectations are high. A producer hits play on an audio clip from Walsh’s radio show.

“I have a dream that black America will take responsibility for improving their own lives,” Walsh spits. “I have a dream that one day black America will cease their dependency on the government plantation, which has enslaved them to lives of poverty, and instead depend on themselves, their families, their churches, and their communities.”

The writer’s room lights up like kids who get to open a few Christmas gifts early. “Blaaaaaacks,” Bell brays, imitating Walsh’s drawl. He pauses for a second. “It’s hard to take responsibility if you take all the blame.”

There’s something in there, but they’ll have to get back to finding just the right skewer for Walsh, because the morning meeting is almost over and they still haven’t answered the most important question: Just how Say Anything are they going to go with Obama’s speech, anyway?

The main gist of the joke is that President Obama’s MLK-commemorating speech was in the uplifting vein of the 2008 Obama that made us forget all about, Bell says, “the boring candidate we were engaged to vote for.” After a few frustrating years with little progress on the environment, drug law reform, and all the other lefty peeves, it seems that the inspiring Obama wants to woo us back. A Photoshop image depicting Barack going full Lloyd Dobler, boombox over the head, is already being worked on by the graphics department. But Bell is firm.

“Lose the rom-com stuff,” he tells the rest of the writers. “Maybe a rom-com joke, but let’s not do a whole rom-com thing.”

Bell starts to riff. “I have a scheme. A meme. A Dream Team,” and then starts in on the idea that people are covering MLK, and that the “I Have a Dream” speech is one of the songs that you just shouldn’t cover. He asks everyone for their suggestions for songs that people shouldn’t cover.

Minnie Riperton’s “Lovin’ You,” known for its intimidatingly high notes, is mentioned. Not bad, but they keep going. Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” also comes up, but Bell points out that is a cover. (And yes, I thought of “Bohemian Rhapsody,” but I’m merely auditing this class.)

It’s almost 10 a.m. They’ll have to figure this out later. Rehearsal is supposed to start at 4, so everybody needs to start writing. There’s institutional racism to lampoon, jokes to be sharpened, and uncoverable songs to be decided upon. Though tonight’s taping won’t ever air, everyone is treating it like a regular episode. Because in less than a week, Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell will return from summer break, literally bigger than ever, and everyone has to get into fighting shape.

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Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell debuted on the cable network FX on a Thursday night in August of last year and produced 26 episodes before taking most of this summer off. A mix of one-on-one interviews, man-on-the-street bits, and Bell or one of his writers’ extended riffs on whatever inanity the day offered up, Biased was the only one of the many late-night comedy shows to air last year that featured a balloon drop and dance party while the phrase “Black Comedian Criticized Obama!” flashed across the screen.

Last week Biased returned for its second season. There’ve been a few changes: No longer confined to Thursday, it now airs at 11 p.m. on Sunday through Thursday. It has also been moved, along with the raunchy comedies The League and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, to FXX, the just launched, younger-skewing offshoot of FX. Though Biased has yet to achieve the pop-cultural traction of the other two shows, by airing on five nights a week it becomes, by default, the most prominent face of the new network. This is really not as stressful as it sounds, apparently.

“On one hand you could look at that as a lot of pressure, but I look at it from the other perspective — you put a fledgling show on a fledgling network and you give them the opportunity to grow together,” says John Landgraf, president of FX. “I don’t expect Kamau to come out of the gate and beat Jimmy Fallon and The Daily Show. They’re both going to be works in progress for some time. And I like that.”

There’s a long story and a short story for how W. Kamau Bell found himself in this unique position. The long version involves hard work, self-discovery, and overcoming internalized, self-limiting beliefs — we’ll get to that. The short version is that Landgraf and Chris Rock had lunch, Rock told Landgraf that W. Kamau Bell should have a show, and Landgraf agreed.

“He has a very distinct presence,” Landgraf says. “He’s very smart, very sharp, but I think there’s kind of a warmth to him. His perspective is unlike anything I see on television, like nothing I’ve seen a late-night show built around.”

Perhaps the even shorter story for how Bell found himself with a late-night show is that Landgraf is widely considered one of the most forward-thinking minds working in television. He nurtured the defiantly uncommercial, boldly experimental Louie into an Emmy-nominated, critically acclaimed hit, and has again and again shown a willingness to bet on raw talent and give it time to grow.

“That’s kind of what’s always been one of the hallmarks of our channel,” he says. “No one had ever heard of Shawn Ryan when he created The Shield. The It’s Always Sunny guys had literally no experience. It took years of patience. What is the challenge of betting on the guy who is the hottest thing in the world, coming off a massive success? The genius is trying to figure out who has the potential to grow into that over time.”

As such, Landgraf has assured Bell that he will have the time and space he needs to make Biased as Biased as it could possibly be. “FX is actively not trying to get the biggest audience possible. They’re going after the most intense audience possible,” Bell says. “Our job is is to think about how we do this show as good as possible so it becomes a thing.”

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Growing up, W. Kamau Bell never felt black enough. “I grew up in the era of hip-hop, but that was never my main thing,” he says. “I didn’t come out of the ghetto like a lot of black people are supposed to. I wasn’t athletic, and that frustrated people because I was always tall: ‘Why can’t you play basketball? If I was your height…’”

Sitting in his production office, which is filled with a few partly unpacked boxes and not much else, Bell seems relaxed for a person who will shortly have one of the more relentlessly time-consuming duties in entertainment. But upon closer observation, what seems like a calm demeanor begins to resemble a natural level of reserve, the mark of a person more likely to internalize pressure. He is even taller in person than he appears on television (though based on all evidence I’ve seen, he’s a born sloucher), and even when he’s not mugging to sell a joke, his face has an animated warmth to it. If you didn’t know he was a performer, it would be hard to shake the feeling that he is a man who is probably really good at getting infants to smile.

Walter Kamau Bell was born in Palo Alto, California, and then moved to Indianapolis, then Boston, then Chicago. He then went to live with his dad in Alabama for a while, then went back to live with his mom. “At one point it was like 10 schools in 10 years or something crazy,” he says. “My mom was very concerned about the schools I was going to, so if I went to one for, like, a week or two and she was like, ‘This isn’t it,’ we’d just move. At the time I didn’t realize it was a lot.”

In the mid-’80s, Bell’s mother Janet made her living publishing compendiums of famous African-American quotations. “She self-published back when self-publishing was drive out to the suburbs, find a typesetter. Before that she worked in the textbook industry and she made it her thing to diversify the stories in English textbooks. They didn’t hire her for that but that’s what she decided to do: ‘Why can’t this character be named Juan or Jamal?’ She would go to schools and she’d find out they didn’t teach African-American studies, so she’d be like, ‘Well, I’m coming on Tuesday and I’m bringing my slide projector.’”

But while Bell’s mom wanted him to take pride in who he was, he mostly felt alienated from other African-Americans while growing up. But he was alienated from everyone growing up; after a few years of constantly moving, he began to get sick of constantly saying good-bye, and eventually made little effort to make new friends. “I’ve always gone by Kamau, but I would go to schools and they’d be like, ‘Walter Bell,’ and I’d be like, ‘Yeah, it’s fine. It’s fine. I won’t be here long enough.’” He laughs for a second. “This has become a therapy session.”

An only child and a latchkey kid, Bell spent most of his childhood devouring comic books — Spider-Man and the Hulk, sure, but despite the civil rights analogy at the heart of the series, the X-Men were “too much like a soap opera” — and becoming obsessed with comedy specials like Bill Cosby’s Himself and Eddie Murphy’s Delirious and Raw. “I remember seeing [Jerry] Seinfeld on the Tonight Show: ‘Oh, it’s just a guy standing up there talking.’ I spent a lot of time by myself, and I like spending time by myself. The thing I always hated about team sports is if you dropped the ball, everybody turned on you. Stand-up is the ultimate solo activity. If it goes bad, it’s just my fault.”

He dropped out of the University of Pennsylvania “when I realized I didn’t want to be a doctor or a lawyer” and attended Columbia College Chicago, an open admission art school where he took classes in acting and music appreciation. Eventually, he stumbled into Chicago’s Second City program, one of the most respected improv comedy incubators in America. There’s a shirt, now functioning more as a blanket, that is his proof that he went through the club’s conservatory program. Meanwhile, he was secretly going to and performing at stand-up clubs in town, and realizing that was his calling.

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Bell’s parents didn’t agree on much, but they both agreed that they hated Los Angeles. They passed that on to their son. An early visit to New York convinced him that the city was too loud and the buildings were too tall, so by 1997, he eventually found himself in San Francisco. “I was a big fan of the history of stand-up and knew that New York and San Francisco had a lot to say about it. And also the scene at the point — it’s bigger now — was real tight-knit. There wasn’t a lot of in-fighting or gossiping. The clubs there — the Punchline, Cobb’s — really nurtured local talent. Which I find now is really rare.”

But all the nurturing and support in the world couldn’t make audiences actually laugh. “I was really a bad comedian for a long time,” he says. “A lot of my early years were throwing anything I could think of against the wall, and whenever I talked about race, the audience would clam up so I would have to pull away. I would love to be able to write jokes that weren’t always about something. It’d be easier. But I just can’t figure out how to take those onstage and still care about them.”

By 2007, Bell’s frustration reached a breaking point. He was tired of watching other comedians move past him, and he couldn’t stomach the hypocrisy of San Francisco’s supposedly anything-goes culture. (“San Francisco is like 4% black, the country is like 12% black. Why is the most liberal city in the country 4% black?”) Comedy clubs are filled with guys complaining that they’re going to quit any day now. Bell was never that guy until he was.

“Comedy is too hard. It’s too soul-crushing. If you have another option, take it,” he says. “If video stores or comic book shops paid a living wage and came with health insurance, I would have done that.”

He’d been involved with the activism and performance community in San Francisco, so in a last-ditch effort, he rented a theater and wrote his own solo show, The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About an Hour.

“If I talk about race and racism in a comedy club, after 10 minutes they’re going to want me to move on,” he says. “But if I go to a theater and put it in the title, they either will like it or they won’t but they won’t be like, ‘Why is he still talking about racism?’ The moment I started doing that it felt like, This is what I’m supposed to be doing.”

Bell Curve was sort of like his “version of The Daily Show,” and, as such, an embryonic version of Totally Biased. He did it a few times a week, constantly rewriting and updating to include the day’s events, and included clips and up-to-the-minute personal stories, often related to Kamau’s white girlfriend (now wife) Melissa. “It really taught me how to get more personal and also how to really hold the line on things I want to talk about and not let the crowd dictate it.”

If it took Bell a while to find an audience, he was at least making friends, including Janine Brito, 30, an openly gay stand-up he brought with him to Biased. “Ironically, this move to say ‘screw it’ to the industry is what got the industry’s attention,” she says. “It let him lean to a style and point of view so unique and personal to him, they couldn’t ignore him anymore. Also, his Afro’s gotten progressively messier — it’s like, ‘Jesus Christ, dude, get it together.’” She also credits San Francisco for encouraging performers to try bold ideas. “The Bay lets you play. We see old nudists’ saggy balls, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, and our friends’ one-woman shows about strap-ons 365 days a year. So we’re down for whatever.”

“I learned a lot more about identity politics,” says Bell, agreeing. “Hanging out with all sorts of different types of people, you start to let go of some things. And then it all naturally bubbled up through my act. The label ‘political’ got put on me eventually — if you’re black and have opinions and those opinions don’t rhyme, then you’re political.”

Bell soon toured the show on college campuses and at diversity events, as well as the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. “It was very DIY, very punk-rock ethic of pack it up and take it wherever people want you.” One of the people who caught a performance was Chris Rock, who had worked with Bell’s friend Chuck Sklar, now a producer on Totally Biased.

“[Rock] came and saw and then called me a couple of months later, like, ‘I want to help you get a show.’ There were some stops and starts. Me and Chuck got a crew together in San Francisco and put together something to show him. He put his own money into it. And then he took it to FX. Getting the show was easier than anything I ever did in my career. Keeping the show was harder.”

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Bell is looking out the window. His glasses are off and he’s rubbing his temples. He’s meeting with a few of his writers, hammering out the MLK bit. The Walsh stuff has been dropped completely, and they’ve decided to focus on the fact that Obama’s anniversary speech talked about the need for equality for women, homosexuals, Asians, and Native Americans. One idea is to riff on other people he could have included in his speech, including “Comic-Con people” and “dykes on bikes,” but Bell isn’t feeling these suggestions. “It took 12 people to write that?”

The writers’ room is a few doors down from the Totally Biased studio. It’s decorated with various props, including a license plate that reads “Not Questlove” and a photo collage from a bit where Bell assembled the dream jury that he wished George Zimmerman had faced in Florida. (It includes Ice Cube, Angela Davis, and four different Samuel L. Jacksons.)

“Barack’s dream includes gays, Native Americans, and Asians. Barack’s dream got waaay freakier,” Bell says. A few minutes later, he adds, “Barack’s dream was like something from Eyes Wide Shut.”

So they have the kicker, but there are a few more things to go over. An idea about Sears having a Martin Luther King Day mattress sale is discarded when it’s pointed out that Stephen Colbert had already done it, and there’s still the matter of what to do about One Direction. At the moment, they’re leaning toward Bell, using an outrageously broad, Absolutely Fabulous-worthy British accent, saying, “I support Marvin Luther King. I’d love to meet him one day.”

Also, could someone please check and make sure that no women spoke at the original March? “At least Wikipedia it, so we don’t get slammed on a blog post.”

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A Brief, By No Means Complete List of Noteworthy Comedians Who Hosted a Talk Show For Less Than Two Years: Chevy Chase, Greg Behrendt, Norm Macdonald, D. L. Hughley, Whitney Cummings, Roseanne Barr, David Alan Grier, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Russell Brand, Mo’Nique, George Lopez, Wanda Sykes.

What exactly makes a talk show succeed is difficult to quantify, but it involves some alchemical combination of charm, talent, and ease. The ideal host has to be entertaining enough to catch your interest, but not so desperate for approval that they become off-putting. They need to seem comfortable with themselves, but not like they’re taking your attention for granted. (Unless they’re David Letterman and they’ve earned that right.) There’s no real way to predict what will work (at one point, every name listed above seemed like a good idea to someone), which doesn’t mean that networks won’t try. Usually by copying what went on before.

Earlier this year, NBC decided that after more than two decades and an embarrassing false alarm, Jay Leno would finally retire from the Tonight Show. After fewer than five years hosting Late Night, Jimmy Fallon would take over his seat and Conan O’Brien would (presumably) order a Scotch and sigh deeply. There was much speculation in the press about who would take over. Perhaps, some wishful thinkers offered, it was time for a major network to consider someone other than a heterosexual white man? (No offense to Seth Meyers, who was eventually awarded the gig and should not be held personally accountable for a much larger set of issues.)

“There’s no question to me that Maya Rudolph wouldn’t kick the shit out of a late-night talk show,” says Bell, “but people are so used to laying on their bed with their remote in their hand flipping past white guy, white guy, white guy, white guy, that it would take an act of bravery for a network. You’re never going to find out how good a different type of person could be until you try that person.”

Totally Biased’s deep bench includes Brito, Asian-American Kevin Kataoka, and proudly cranky African-American social commentator Dwayne Kennedy. Should Totally Biased find its footing, the second banana most likely to first achieve Carell/Colbert-style breakout success is probably 30-year-old Queens-born writer Hari Kondabolu, a Wesleyan grad with a master’s degree in human rights from the London School of Economics, who Bell met at a 2008 Obama election event.

“When you’re actually trying to be thoughtful about what you’re saying and not wanting to pit oppressions against each other,” Kondabolu says, “there aren’t too many of us who choose that tact. So when you actually see somebody else who happens to be a person of color, it’s an incredible, thrilling moment of like, I’m not alone.” One of the central tenets of Bell and his writers’ room is that everyone’s struggle is worthy of respect, and we’re all in this together. “You have a black heterosexual comic talking about gay rights issues and women’s rights issues, and is funny about it,” Kondabolu continues. “I haven’t seen anything like what we do, which is exciting, but it also means there’s no clear blueprint to follow, because who else has really done this?”

But how much of a market is there for it? Landgraf is a betting man, but he’s not a foolish one, and one of the reasons he’s all in on Totally Biased is because he believes Bell is capable of saying things that other late-night figures can’t or won’t, and thus can reach an audience that other shows don’t try for.

“He reaches a generation of viewers who don’t pretend that race doesn’t exist,” says Landgraf. “They don’t pretend it doesn’t make a difference or that people with different sexual orientations aren’t different. They are able to engage with, understand and talk about, the things that are different from us because they also perceive a commonality of human experience that is different than the generation that preceded them. I think Kamau and his confederate speak to that really well, and differently than others in the late-night space have ever done.”

This is, of course, great. Inspiring, even. But the cold fact of the matter is that for all of Landgraf’s patience, this show will at least have to prove it’s worth holding onto. The second season debuted with decent enough, if not great, numbers, yet the show’s audience has slowly but surely grown over the year. The brass seems happy with that for now. No one expected Biased to become an overnight juggernaut; it’s probably enough that it wasn’t a complete fiasco like the FX’s original mate for Biased, the widely panned ode to onanism Brand X with Russell Brand. (“Every time they re-upped his show, I felt like, OK, there must be a good chance they’re going to re-up ours,” Bell says. “From the first moment, they said, ‘Don’t worry, you’re not competing with Russell Brand.’ I was like, ‘Of course not, ‘cause if I were competing with Russell Brand, you would have picked him.’”)

Though this will surely not always be the case, at the moment positive buzz is more important than hard numbers for the program. And to make sure they would be able to transition from writing one show of topical entertainment a week to five, the Biased team spent about a month writing and then the week before the second season debut, shooting several practice episodes.

“We’re testing everything,” says Chuck Sklar. “There’s been a lot of technical issues because we moved from another facility across town. We had an order for six episodes a year ago, and we thought we’d wait around for four months and see if they wanted to do more, but no, right away, another seven, then another 13. Now it’s a big adjustment, because how do we maintain the quality that we established and the tone that Kamau feels he wants to work in, every day?”

Bell is proud of the show, but not blind to what needs to be improved. There are times when it gets a bit too broad, or a well-intentioned joke doesn’t quite land, or he’s not doing anything that Jon Stewart isn’t doing. (He admits it was tough to find their own way of covering the 2012 election.) But he’s come a long way from his first few interviews (an early talk with Tom Morello felt like an outtake from The Chris Farley Show), and to his credit, Totally Biased has never felt like an attempt to get the audience to take their medicine.

“I think as an interviewer I’ve had some good ones and I’ve had some ones that are not so good,” he says. “And a lot of it is about being present, not thinking like, What’s the next question?

Toward the end of the first season, Totally Biased produced the first episode that Bell felt worked all the way through. Kondabolu did a piece on the National Spelling Bee aka the Indian Olympics; Bell visited with preteen thrash metal band Unlocking the Truth and then moderated a debate between comedian Jim Norton and Jezebel writer Lindy West about rape jokes. (This segment went viral, giving the show what Bell jokes is their hit single.)

“If we don’t put that out there, none of this exists anywhere on TV,” Bell says. “And that’s when Totally Biased feels like it’s doing what it’s supposed to do. You look at the early episodes of The Daily Show or Conan, the transition…is amazing. There’s no question that Jon Stewart is one of the greats of all time. You have to grow into that. I feel like I definitely still have room to grow into that.”

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Fishbone’s “Lyin’ Ass Bitch” plays over the speakers while an audience coordinator assigns people to their seats, careful to make sure that the first two rows are not a sea of white faces — not difficult, given the diverse crowd. Like every TV studio, the space is much smaller than it looks on television, just one brick-wall backdrop (“vandalized” with graffiti tags including “Race Is Not Real,” “I Never Say Mixed,” and “23”) and a smattering of seats.

Bell, now wearing a gray suit and a burgundy dress shirt, runs out, starts introducing the show, and immediately flubs a line. “Hey, everybody, I’m new to show business,” he tells the audience. “I just had a yearlong internship.”

Bell starts running through the day’s news, including the truly baffling statistic that 29% of Louisiana Republicans blame Obama for Hurricane Katrina. (Bell notes there is a margin of error plus or minus “you are out of your goddamn mind.” I’ve seen him do the joke 10 times now through various writing run-throughs and rehearsals, but I never saw him bulge his neck out and smack down the word “mind” quite like this before.)

Eventually we get to the main act of the evening, the “I Have a Dream” bit. The rom-com stuff is cut down to one joke about Obama being afraid of his commitment to education and the environment but now he’s back. Cut to the Obama as Lloyd Dobler Photoshop and Bell singing a bar of “In Your Eyes.” The One Direction joke has been changed to, “Where were you in the ’60s when we needed you, Harry, and why didn’t you and Taylor work out?” Bell is standing up straight for the first time all day, hitting each beat efficiently and drawing out the “waaaaaaaay freakier” part for all the laughs he can milk. He confidently and smoothly makes the argument that we can’t just keep covering Martin Luther King Jr. — we need to start making new songs that reflect where we are today and the struggles we still face. “Otherwise, we’ll end up with this.” Cue video of a Miss America contestant brutalizing the Dreamgirls ballad “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going.”

It’s running somewhat smoothly. During a bit about Newark Mayor Cory Booker, aka the “top contestant on America’s Next Black President,” Bell trips over a line. And then trips over it again. His head writer Kevin Avery starts to read from the prompter, but Bell cuts him off. “I can read, negro!” he yells with mock anger. He smiles, and everyone loses it for a second. And then it’s time to start the whole bit over before taping some FXX promos.

But first Bell turns to the audience and, pretending for a second that it’s just him and them, says that when he was a kid all he wanted to do was stay up late and tell jokes. He shakes his head for a second and shoots the grin that a lot of people hope America will one day find familiar and reassuring. “I didn’t want to work for a living.”

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If Wayne Rooney wasn’t a footballer, he’d probably be a fisherman. But the only way he wouldn’t be a footballer is if the clones took over.

Nike’s latest ad, “The Last Game,” in support of World Cup fever takes on a similar premise to the latest dystopian sci-fi movie. It pits man vs. the “perfect” clone — a soccer player that performs like a machine and is, supposedly, unbeatable. But they’re missing one thing: heart (or, as Nike puts it, the willingness to take risks). It’s sort of like a Gattaca that substitutes soccer for space travel.

The best players unite to challenge the clones. We won’t spoil the ending, but lets just say it’s clear is Nike is reminding you that winning players are willing to take risks. Risk makes the game worth watching. Yay risk.

All the 2014 World Cup action starts up on Thursday, June 12.

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1. Yaha Han as Camilla from the anime film Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust.

Yaha Han as Camilla from the anime film Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust .

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Men and women have been dressing up as their favourite characters from anime, films, games, manga, TV, and books for over 100 years.

Cosplay World, by Brian Ashcraft and Luke Plunkett, features over 200 photos of stars of the art form, including Yaya Han, Crystal Graziano, and Spiral Cats.

2. Kamui as Wonder Woman.

Kamui as Wonder Woman.

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A Daft Punk costume built and worn by Bill Doran (left), and Knightmage as Venom from Spider-Man.

4. Checkley as Savage Opress from the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

Checkley as Savage Opress from the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars .

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Boomie (left) of the cosplay group Strawberry Censor as Gon Destroyer from Blade & Soul, and Goldy as Alphonse Elric from the manga and anime Fullmetal Alchemist.

6. Danny Kelley as Superman.

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Maria Rivera (left) as Wonder Woman, and Chaka Cumberbatch as Captain America.

8. Shawn Thorsson as a Spartan from Halo.

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Voroninsky (left) as Empress Himiko from the video game Atlantica Online, and Jibrii Ransom as the Marvel Comics character The Black Panther.

10. Lyz Brickley as Garrett from the video game series Thief.

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MangaFreak150 (left) as Cheza from the anime Wolf’s Rain, and Meagan Marie as Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones.

12. Namiko101 as Panty from the manga and anime Panty & Stocking With Garterbelt.

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13. Crystal Graziano as Raiden from Metal Gear Solid.

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14. Mo Meinhart as spider queen Arachnia.

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Over the years of reading and research, I’ve come across some rather interesting facts about the great classical composers, especially regarding several who unfortunately left this life in rather ungraceful manners. Since this website tends to thrive on some of the more unusual and bizarre cases of human history, I felt it appropriate to share some of the more shocking ends to some of the world’s greatest composers. Several of the names included are little known but have provided interesting subject matter, and I would like to point out that I have included several who had attempted suicide and/or spent their final years in asylums for the insane, as we can sufficiently argue that suicide is not a natural cause of death, and being committed to an asylum is not exactly the place many of us would hope to take our final breath. The list is in no particular order and musical examples are provided as available. I apologize that some of the musical examples are not the ones I would have preferred, but I had to go with what was available on YouTube, and unfortunately many of these are rather obscure composers, so there is not much to choose from.

Charles-Henri Valentin Alkan (born Charles-Henri Morhange) was one of the most prominent piano virtuosos of his time and of Jewish descent. He was highly talented and child prodigy, who was admitted to the Paris Conservatoire at the age of 6, won numerous awards during his youth and later developed close friendships with noted persons such as Frederic Chopin, Franz Liszt, George Sand, and Victor Hugo. Alkan was considered by his contemporaries to be one of the most masterful pianists and subsequently, he composed almost exclusively for the piano. He was also well known for being rather eccentric and hypersensitive. At the height of his performing career, several episodes including his failure to secure the position as head of the piano department at the Conservatoire and the death of Chopin pushed him into reclusion; he no longer performed and interacted little with society. He also spent much of his time studying the Bible and the Talmud and for many years, it was believed that his death occurred while reaching for a copy of the Talmud on a high bookshelf causing the shelf to topple and crush him under the weight of the books. This tale was recently been disproved upon the discovery of a contemporary letter from his concierge who said that he had found Alkan in his kitchen moaning under a coat rack (possibly from fainting, a stroke or heart attack) and then died later that night. He was 74 at the time of his death.

Another famous virtuoso of his time, Leclair was one of the most celebrated violinists in Europe during the 18th Century having composed one opera, 48 violin sonatas and an assortment of other chamber works. Leclair had remarried after his first wife prematurely passed away, however, the second marriage didn’t last and the couple separated in 1758. Leclair was forced to purchase a small apartment in an otherwise rough neighborhood of Paris and in 1764 he was found stabbed to death in his home. His death has always remained a mystery but it was believed that his estranged wife was somehow responsible for financial gain. His nephew, Guillaume-François Vial, was the primary suspect, but according to my research, was never arrested or put to trial.

Sticking with the Baroque era, Lully (born in Florence as Lulli) was Louis XIV’s favorite and main court composer. Lully was famous as a dancer, violinist and composer and composed numerous ballets, operas and even incidental music for Moliere’s comedies. He was the founder of French opera and responsible for determining the elements that would develop overtime to create Romantic French Grand Opera (for which Rossini is considered the founder with his opera Guillaume Tell) such as the inclusion of ballet music, faster plot development, an expanded orchestration than previously employed, and a revolutionary method of combining recitatives (the sung dialogue of opera where most of the action takes place) and arias (the main set pieces which served to showcase the singer and the character portrayed). Lully was also well known for his many sexual escapades with both men and women and there has been rumor for centuries of an illicit affair with the Sun King himself. In January 1687, Lully had been conducting a performance of his Te Deum in honor of Louis XIV’s recovery from illness where he inadvertently struck his foot with the pointed staff he had been using to keep time (this is long before batons were used to conduct). The wound became gangrenous and Lully refused to have the affected area amputated which ultimately led to his demise on 22 March of that year.

His life and death the subject of a great opera by Friedrich von Flotow, Alessandro Stradella was one of the great Italian composers of the early Baroque. A predecessor to the likes of Arcangelo Corelli and Antonio Vivaldi, he was a highly respected and famous composer of mostly operas, oratorios and cantatas as well as church chamber music during a time when the Vatican had outlawed secular musical dramas, namely opera. As a result, Stradella pioneered much in the oratorio and cantata genres, as setting Biblical subjects to music was not considered heretical or sinful. For all of his musical success, Stradella’s life had a darker side. In 1677 he was employed by a powerful Venetian nobleman to tutor his mistress. The two had a torrid affair and Stradella fled after it was exposed. The nobleman had hired several hit men to kill the great composer, but he managed to escape unharmed. He settled in Genoa where he continued to compose great works for the church and stage until yet another affair caught up to him. He was chased through the streets of Genoa by a hired assassin who did manage to catch up with him and brutally stabbed and murdered him.

While Beethoven’s hearing loss happened gradually overtime, Smetana lost his in a matter of a few weeks after suffering an awful tinnitus for years (he was subjected to an extremely high, unending pitch through most of his life). A highly talented and nationalistic Czech composer, Smetana is mostly famous for several operas, his enormous orchestral symphonic suite, Ma Vlast (My Country), and an array of chamber music, namely his first String Quartet “From my life” where each movement depicts a pivotal event from his life including the onset of his deafness. His music style was the first to really steep itself in Czech folk music, dance rhythms, myths and fairytales.

Smetana, like several other prominent Czech composers, had a very difficult time developing his reputation and fame and struggled against many intrigues from his opponents in Bohemian musical circles. Ultimately, his professional hardships and his deafness preyed on his mind and he began to suffer severe neurological illness. Family life was not easy either as 3 of his 4 children from his first marriage as well as his first wife had died by the time he was 35 years old. He did remarry and had two more children with his second wife. Smetana suffered a stroke-seizure in 1882 and was forbidden to compose any further. He ignored this and attempted to finish his last opera, but the strain on his mind drove him to a breakdown and he spent his last months in the Prague Insane Asylum where he died of a progressive paralysis, possibly caused by complications from syphilis.

A German eccentric known for his prolific song writing skills, Hugo Wolf led a very sad and disturbed life. He was a child prodigy having studied piano, violin and composition but whose rebellious nature, severe mood swings, and bouts of depression impeded his completion of his studies; he was constantly dismissed from the various musical institutions where he enrolled. He managed to survive through the financial backing of noted patrons who were swept away by his musical talents. He was most strongly influenced by the music and compositional language of Richard Wagner but was not inclined to compose large scale works and focused mainly on songs for voice and piano. He had a great passion for poetry and was determined to set many poems neglected by other composers. When he did use text previously set to music, it was because he felt that the other composer did not do the words justice. He made numerous enemies with his outspoken criticisms of other composer’s works he considered inferior such as Anton Rubenstein and Johannes Brahms, although, paradoxically, the time he served as a critic, he composed very little.

It was from 1888 to 1892 that Wolf was most productive as a composer, with an output of his most famous song cycles (the Mörike-Lieder, Eichendorff-Lieder, Goethe-Lieder, the Spanish and Italian Songbooks) and he began to receive high recognition for his talents. In early 1897, Wolf finally began to show signs of mental derangement, brought on mainly by syphilis, and eventually had to stop composing altogether. He attempted to drown himself before requesting admission to an insane asylum where he eventually died completely and utterly mindless. It’s also interesting to note that Wolf had an affair with the wife, Melanie, of his good friend and patron, Heinrich Köchert. The affair was exposed after time, but Heinrich remained Hugo’s friend. Melanie had visited him frequently during those last years, but she was so struck with grief over Wolf’s death and guilt for cheating on her husband that she committed suicide in 1906.

The composer of the famous and beloved Poème for Violin and Orchestra as well as many songs and orchestral works, met his end from a freak accident. Chausson came from a very wealthy family and originally pursued a career in law, but he was unhappy and eventually turned to music when he was 25 years old. He began his studies with the great Jules Massenet at the Paris Conservatoire and eventually his music evolved into very dramatic, poetic and psychologically emotional pieces drawing much inspiration from Richard Wagner, Johannes Brahms, and César Franck. He is credited for being the first composer to use the Celeste in an orchestral setting (made most famous by Tchaikovsky’s “Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy” in The Nutcracker ballet). He was not the most prolific of composers, but his music is still regularly performed today. He held the position as secretary of the Société Nationale de Musique and became friends with the majority of the Paris musical and artistic elite. He also had an affinity for Russian literature and French Impressionistic artwork. At the age of 44, Chausson was out for a bicycle ride outside his property in Limay when he lost control of the bike on a downhill slope and crashed into a brick will. He died instantly.

The most famous and recognizable composer on this list, Tchaikovsky was a Russian composer whose music still pervades our lives today. Constantly faced with exposure of his homosexuality, he tried to force himself into very unhappy relationships with women and even married, but the couple separated without divorce after short time. In 1877, he came into contact with a devoted fan, Nadezhda von Meck, a very wealthy widow who would become his patron and, in a way, soul mate; however she insisted that the two never meet face to face. They embarked on a remarkable journey together, exchanging over 1000 letters that have provided great insight into the personality and the emotional tribulations of this great man until she finally severed their correspondence claiming bankruptcy in 1890. This was devastating to him as she provided emotional and financial stability for him.

After several years of traveling around Europe and composing, Tchaikovsky mysteriously died a mere 9 days after the premiere of his 6th Symphony, the Pathétique, which is a highly personal and autobiographic work. The circumstances of Tchaikovsky’s death remain a mystery. It was believed for many years that he died of cholera and there were over 8 completely different “eyewitness” reports of him taking that “fateful sip of un-boiled water.” It is believed that Tchaikovsky may have had an illicit relationship with a young nobleman/royal he was tutoring at the time and several alumni from the School of Jurisprudence held a Court of Honor to discuss the punishment options of which two were proposed: exile from Russia (something Tchaikovsky could not bear) or suicide with a cover-up. It’s more widely accepted that to protect both his and the school’s reputations, Tchaikovsky was forced to commit suicide. Unfortunately, the exact circumstances around his death will never be truly known.

Most famous for his piano suite, Goyescas, and his opera of the same name, Enrique Granados was a Spanish nationalistic composer who sought to captivate not only the flavor and culture of Spain into his music, but was also heavily influenced by the paintings of Francisco Goya (whom he also modeled his painting style after). He led a rather successful life that ended tragically. His opera’s premiere was canceled in Europe due to the outbreak of WWI and subsequently received its premiere at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City where it had a huge success. He was invited to give a piano recital at the White House by President Woodrow Wilson, but in doing so, he and his wife missed the boat back to Spain. Instead, they took a boat to England where they boarded the French ferry Sussex to take them to France.

On March 24, 1916, while crossing the English Channel, the Sussex was victim to a German U-boat torpedo. Granados, despite a life-long fear of water, drowned after he jumped out of his lifeboat in a futile attempt to save his wife, Amparo, who also drowned. Ironically, the area of the boat where his cabin was located did not sink and the passengers in that part of the boat survived the attack.

This very influential and important Austrian serial composer lost his life in a very unfortunate manner. Webern studied with Arnold Shoenberg at Vienna University where he also met Alban Berg. These three composers were responsible for creating a mathematically-based musical compositional language and style known as Serialism, or the 12-Tone Technique. There are 12 tones in the Western Musical scale and so the basic foundation of this compositional style was to use all 12 tones of the chromatic scale in various permutations to create subversive atonal atmospheres. Of the 3, Webern took Serialism the furthest into what is known as Total Serialism, and his music is still not well-received by many today.

At first he was privately outspoken against the Nazi party, who had called his music “degenerate” but after the advent of WWII became a supporter of Adolph Hitler. He continued to struggle to earn his living as a composer as his music was considered far too radical to be enjoyed. He had moved to Salzburg towards the end of the war to ensure his safety. In an effort to not wake his sleeping grandchildren, Webern left his house to enjoy a cigar, oblivious that a curfew had been established by the Allied occupying forces, when he was shot dead by an American soldier who saw him light the cigar. Webern was 61 when killed on 15 September 1945. The soldier who shot him was so distraught after the event that he turned to the bottle and died of alcoholism 10 years later.

For those who have seen the movie Amadeus, they might be thinking they know all about this guy. How he worked Mozart to death and was sent to an insane asylum to pay for his nefarious deeds. Well, the Salieri portrayed in the play/movie isn’t anything like what we know of Salieri the man. A highly prolific composer, Salieri was one of the most famous and well-respected musicians and teachers of his time. He composed over 50 operas, numerous sacred works, concertos, sonatas, chamber music, and over 100 arias and scenes that were inserted into other composer’s operas. He enjoyed enormous success throughout Europe and held his position as Royal and Imperial Kapellmeister for 36 years in the Viennese court. He was also one of the most sought-after teachers in harmony, counterpoint, and prosody and some of his more notable students included Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Liszt, Carl Czerny, Franz Schubert, Giacomo Meyerbeer, and Franz Xaver Süssmayr (the real man who completed Mozart’s Requiem, not Salieri).

There is little evidence to support the infamous feud between Salieri and Mozart. The two men were quite collegial with each other and, in fact, Mozart left his children in Salieri’s custody upon his death. Salieri even tutored Mozart’s son Franz Xaver, and Salieri had done all he could to help Mozart’s widow clear away her debts and made sure she lived comfortably until she remarried. It should also be noted that the two composers wrote a cantata (now lost) together that was published and Salieri had even conducted some of Mozart’s pieces after securing performance venues for them.

Read more: http://listverse.com/2009/05/21/top-10-composers-who-died-unnatural-or-odd-deaths/

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Black Friday is the most important shopping day of the year. Online shopping is great, but Entrepreneur.com maintains that in-person sales are the best place to start, and that’s been the jumping point for retailers and consumers for years.

However, sometimes said consumers get too caught up in the shopping madness to realize what type of shopper they become in the eyes of a retail service employee.

Here are five types of shoppers you’ll meet on Black Friday — hope you’re not one of them!

1. The Clueless: “I Don’t Know What’s Going On!”

Yes, Black Friday is one of the biggest shopping days of the year, but no one expects you to know about all the deals. Staff members will more than likely be happy to help you out — if you aren’t screaming and yelling at their faces, that is.

But, then there’s always the shopper who seems to be completely unaware of what is happening upon entering a store.

These shoppers expect to be provided with top-notch service and granted 20-minute question and answer sessions all about Black Friday during the madness.

Just take a moment here to pause and imagine being in the veritable war zone that is the shopping mall on Black Friday and having someone ask you if there’s some sort of sale happening. Observe your surroundings and be a good samaritan by escorting these clueless innocents out of the danger zone.

2. The Revolutionary: “Businesses Are Full Of Lies.”

Many customers grow angry when certain companies don’t following through on what they advertised for Black Friday. Usually, this feels like just another day on the Internet — until it happens offline.

Most customers have something in mind before heading into Black Friday shopping. A lot the times, it won’t be completely clear, but they have a good idea of what they expect from the promotional ads they saw.

The reality is, most ads will show you the lowest price of the bunch, but that doesn’t necessarily encompass the specific product you want. While disappointed customers demand answers for why the ads were deceiving at the store on Black Friday, the rest of us just might be a little bit frustrated that you’re holding up the line.

3. The Menace: “I’m Going To Undo Five Hours Worth Of Work.”

Unfortunately, this shopper doesn’t only reveal him or herself on Black Friday. This shopper is everywhere and if you work or have worked in retail, then you already know you can run, but you definitely cannot hide.

You can fold all the shirts you want, stack all the boxes perfectly, side to side, but you just know this shopper will come along and undo all your hard work. He or she might not even be interested in purchasing the product, but will “just want to look.”

Worse yet, this customer makes you wonder if the plates at the bottom of the pile really are better than the ones on top. There has to be a reason for this kind of behavior, right?

4. The One Percent: “I’m Too Important To Wait In This Line.”

If there is a good deal, chances are, many people will be interested. As with most awesome things in life, these items come with a little price tag.

Between the nightmare of parking and checkout line, there will always be someone with “places to be,” trying to cut in front. This shopper always makes a big fuss about having to wait when he or she has better things to do.

The fact that these shoppers miss is that if they actually had better things to do than wait in line, the opportunity cost for purchasing those products on sale would technically be not worth it.

USA Today reports this year’s holiday shopping season started prior to Halloween, so this kind of short-tempered shopper may be able to find what he or she wants, far before the big day and save a lot of hassle. But really, can people honestly say they didn’t expect long lines on Black Friday?

5. The Clan: “Shopping Is A Family Outing!”

We’ve got nothing against shoppers who go out with their entire families. Sometimes, it’s kind of endearing to see that shopping on Black Friday can be family time, as well.

However, every now and then, there’s a small clan with  half a dozen kids under the age of 15, who stop in the video games, and suddenly, you’re a babysitter. Oops.

It’s Not You, It’s Them

Are you guilty of being one of the shoppers above? Are you ready to change your ways before Black Friday rolls around, or would you rather take the day as it comes?

Read more: http://elitedaily.com/life/culture/5-types-shoppers-youll-meet-black-friday/840915/

“You’re small, it will definitely hold your weight…”

1. Everything was yours, nothing was theirs.

2. You sabotaged their food and gleefully awaited their disgust.

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3. You “played” them in video games because their fury and frustration fueled you.

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4. And then you played their friends in video games for the same reason.

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They always looked at you like some sort of god.

5. But allowing them around YOUR friends was out of the question, no matter what they tried to do to impress you.

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6. You got a real kick out of embarrassing them, especially around their ~crush~.

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7. But really, you’d settle for any potential audience.

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8. If they loved something, you messed with it.

9. You made carefully designed wagers with them that they could never win.

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10. Consequently, if you ever wanted something they had, it wasn’t theirs for long.

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11. You convinced them they were from another planet and that you were just letting them stay with you until the mothership returned.

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Or some variation on that general concept.

12. You hid more than a few gross items in or around their bed.

13. And scared them every time you got the chance.

14. Really, any opportunity to inconvenience them was an opportunity you jumped on.

15. You took advantage of the fact that there’s nothing they wouldn’t do for a dollar.

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16. Any new style they were sporting was a prime target for ridicule.

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17. That goes for their taste in music as well.

18. You used them as your personal test subject for things your were unsure about.

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19. And to give bad haircuts.

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20. And to practice wrestling moves on.

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21. And to be your makeup canvas.

So go apologize to your younger sibling for being so terrible. Once you gain their trust back, begin again.

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Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/andrewziegler/signs-you-were-a-terrible-older-sibling

1. Cuando este muñeco de nieve simplemente no podía sobrevivir adentro de la casa.

2. Cuando estos adorables bombones de pollito resultaron ser unas espeluznantes bolas de enfermedad.

3. Cuando esta casa de jengibre simplemente no pudo.

4. Cuando esta pizza sufrió en carne propia la recesión.

5. Cuando este gato estuvo a un paso de asesinar a alguien.

6. Y cuando este gato rechazó servir de barba.

7. Cuando el desayuno dejó de ser la comida más importante del día.

8. Cuando la Navidad fue cancelada.

9. Cuando este chico intentó hacerse un corte de cabello #audaz.

10. Cuando este restaurante se atrevió a soñar.

11. Cuando esta taza se rebalsó.

12. Cuando la firma de todo el mundo parecía como si estuvieran atrapados en un terremoto.

13. Cuando Pinterest nos mintió a todos.

14. Y cuando nos mintió de nuevo.


16. Cuando la moda para hombres era compleja.

17. Igual que la moda para damas.

18. Cuando la sociedad trató de engordar y avergonzar a este caballo y a él no le gustó, ni un poquito.

19. Cuando este proyecto salió demasiado pero demasiado mal.

Debí haber escuchado a esta señora.

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Superman 75 Years Synopsis Animated Short

Even though he is 75 years old, Superman hasn’t aged a bit.

In honor of his 75th anniversary, DC Comics put together this animated short recapping Clark Kent’s adventures, from his first comic book debut to Man of Steel

Check out the official list of annotation here.


Read more: http://www.viralviralvideos.com/2013/10/16/superman-75-years-synopsis-animated-short/