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Monday, September 15, 2014

The Power of Social Media Is Giving Us a Soda Back We Didn't Want

Posted By on Mon, Sep 15, 2014 at 4:00 PM

While social media campaigns didn't capture Kony or bring back the girls of the Chibok boarding school, at least Facebook Nation can claim one victory, convincing a giant corporation to sell a soda you probably forgot about in a very limited manner:

Coca-Cola Co. newest social-media campaign reaches back to a time when even MySpace didn’t exist.

Surge, a citrus-flavored Mountain Dew knockoff that was discontinued by Coke about 12 years ago, has reappeared in limited supply today. The only place to get it: Amazon.com.

Billed as the company’s first ever e-commerce reintroduction, the news was announced by the Facebook Fan site “Surge Movement,” whose 128,000 members lobbied for its return and paid for a billboard in Atlanta. Coke gave the drink a Twitter account, too, so loyalists can “follow the brand’s journey.”

“Surge is back,” the Facebook page’s organizers said, urging readers to buy and spread the word. “The Movement does not end here!”

If you're interested, Amazon is selling 12 16-ounce cans for $14, but it appears they're out already, which makes me worry about humanity a bit.

Personally, I'd be far more excited to get my hands on some OK Soda, which reflected the ironic ennui of my 90's experience more than the aggro Dew-like aesthetic of Surge, but hey, I might be a Facebook group and 127,999 like-minded nostalgists away from making my retro-dreams come true.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Don't Worry, Christians, Kirk Cameron's Here to Save Christmas

Posted By on Wed, Aug 27, 2014 at 3:45 PM

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While I grew up with Christian movies that were never going to get near an actual movie theater instead relegated to VHS tapes shown at Friday youth group nights (still love you, Thief in the Night), the recent successes of God's Not Dead ($62 million at the box office on a $2 million budget), Fireproof ($33 million on a $500,000 budget) and others means that you're going to see Christian-themed films on the marquee right next to the big-budget blockbusters for awhile. There's part of the church-going side of me that would hope that someone might use the opportunity provided by the box-office possibilities to make an actual movie about the complexities of faith (a remake of Make Way for Tomorrow, maybe?), but hey, instead, we get something from noted theologian Kirk Cameron about the nonsense "War on Christmas." Woo hoo.

Well, you've got to love any movie with a character named "Christian White," who actually makes some valid points about the celebration of Christmas before Kirk Cameron tells him to enjoy himself and just buy some stuff at the mall or something. I personally grimaced at hearing a list of things we're supposed to enjoy about Christmas that puts "feasting" ahead of "selfless giving of yourself to others" or "remembering and caring for those who might be less fortunate than us" (neither made the countdown, but hey, at least "dancing" got a mention, but hey, as long as we can bully another retail worker, abused by absurdly long shifts and the worst of humanity driven by an endless thirst for stuff we don't really need, into saying "Merry Christmas" instead of an equally pleasant and wildly more considerate to our polycultural society remark like "Happy Holidays," then Kirk Cameron's work will all be worth it.

Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas is set to be released in a theater near you on November 14.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Charlie Sheen Uses Ice Bucket Challenge to Talk to Former 'Two and a Half Men' Co-Stars

Posted By on Mon, Aug 18, 2014 at 1:45 PM



We are tired of the Ice Bucket Challenge, but it's for a good cause. Apparently, you're supposed to waste good drinking water by dumping it on your head to raise money for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. There have been a number of celebrities that made this challenge popular, but Charlie Sheen has found a way to ruin it for everyone.

UPROXX shared TMZ's video of Sheen dumping $10,000 over his head instead of ice. He called out former Two and a Half Men costar Jon Cryer and the producer Chuck Lorre to do the same. He also mentioned his replacement Ashton Kutcher, but not Angus Jones.

Click here to donate some money to the ALS Foundation, or you can dump water on your head. 

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Here's The Most Unpredictable Fight You Will See All Day

Posted By on Mon, Aug 11, 2014 at 11:35 AM


We don't condone violence, so don't get any funny ideas. I found this obscure fight on Reddit, and I was bit underwhelmed until the one-minute mark. I don't know who won this match, but the video is titled "The coolest fight in the world" for a reason. 

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

AZ Rep. Adam Kwasman Mistakes YMCA Campers for Migrants

Posted By on Tue, Jul 15, 2014 at 7:24 PM

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I think we can all unanimously agree that Tuesday’s gathering in Oracle wasn't Arizona’s proudest hour. Our bloggers James Hudson and David Safier made the trip and grabbed some photos from the gathering, but I imagine we can totally concur that the Republic's Brahm Resnik struck gold.

Republican congressional candidate Adam Kwasman was caught describing the concern he witnessed on the faces of the migrant children on the bus that drove by the assembly. He tweeted "Bus Coming. This is not compassion. This is the abrogation of the rule of law. #AZ01" with a picture of the yellow school bus driving away. But he didn't realize it was a bus full of local YMCA children going to camp.

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Friday, May 23, 2014

Neko Case Shuts Down MTV After Sexist Tweet

Posted By on Fri, May 23, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Here's another example of why you shouldn't mess with Neko Case. The official Playboy Dot Com Twitter page mentioned Case to  Tim Grierson's album review. The tweet referred Case "is breaking the mold of what women in the music industry should be."

Thanks to Carly G Marie, here's a screen grab of their conversation:

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Unfortunately, the review wasn't any better: 
For women, it’s more bankable to be alluring—whether that comes in the form of the confident straight shooter (Beyoncé), the girlie pinup (Katy Perry) or the coquettish ingenue (Taylor Swift)—or to reject outright such conventions and be a hell-hath-no-fury flamethrower (Fiona Apple).
(Help from HuffPo Women)

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Anderson Cooper vs Amy Kushnir

Posted By on Wed, May 21, 2014 at 3:35 PM


Everyone weighed in on the infamous short, celebratory kiss that aired during the NFL Draft. Michael Sam, NFL's first openly gay athlete, kissed his boyfriend after he was recruited by the St. Louis Rams. A knock off Texas version of The View received their 15-minutes of fame after Dallas morning co-host Amy Kushnir expresses her disdain for Sam's public display of affection. She said it was forced on the general public and to think about the children. Thankfully, Cooper dug up some footage of Kushner kissing a couple of male strippers  during a previous episode.

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

If You Give Something to a Stripper, You're Not Getting It Back

Posted By on Tue, May 20, 2014 at 1:00 PM

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Robert Wallace of Houston, relationships can be challenging. I'm sure Nomi Mims, billed as a "dancer and comedian" of adult entertainment destination Treasures, was super-nice to you. I'm also sure it seemed like you two would last forever and why wouldn't it be a good idea to "loan" her money, a laptop, and your Harry Potter DVD set (of course)?

However, taking this disagreement to court THEN agreeing to go on television to discuss your "relationship"? Calling the people who book guests for episodes of Maury would have been a better and slightly more productive route, because at least you'd get a night in a New Jersey hotel room and a flight out of that, although you'd still be out the Harry Potter DVD set, I imagine.

It's sad that things didn't work out between you, average-ish white guy who likes to go to strip clubs, and tall, attractive "dancer and comedian" Nomi Mims, but I thank you both for creating a situation where the following line was uttered on a TV newscast:

“I’ve given him gifts too. You know, how do I get my booty and boobs back?”

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